The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 21, 2013

Obituaries — Monday, Jan. 21, 2013

Debra K. Adkins

LUSK SETTLEMENT — Debra Karen Adkins, 54, of Lusk Settlement departed this life to be with the Lord Saturday, January 19, 2013, surrounded by her family following a long illness.

Born August 11, 1958, at Mullens, she was the daughter of the late Monterville and Alice Marie (Snyder) Lusk.

Debbie was a homemaker, she attended the Spruce Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Basin, she enjoyed spending time with her family, and loved her grandchildren. She was loved by all that knew her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 34 years, David Lee Adkins of Lusk Settlement; two sons, David “Jake” Adkins and his wife, Jan, and Jonathan Adkins and his wife, Jessica; four grandchildren, Morgan, Maddison, Chase, and Lexus; four sisters, Sharon Reed of Mullens, Joanna Blankenship and her husband, Harry, of Basin, Norma Lewis and her husband, James, of Mullens, and Mary Ann Hayes of Oak Hill; mother-in-law, Loma Adkins; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Lusk Cemetery at the Lusk Settlement with Rev. Danny Lusk officiating.

Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Harry Blankenship, Justin Basham, Tommy Burchette, Jeff Martin, Robert McClaugherty, and Christopher McClaugherty.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made in Debra’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital C/O St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Debra Adkins is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Ronald J. Bennett

JUMPING BRANCH — Ronald J. Bennett, 87, of Mount View Road, Jumping Branch, died Saturday, January 19, 2013, after a long illness.

Born February 28, 1925, at Jumping Branch, he was the son of the late Oliver S. and Caldonia “Callie” Vest Bennett.

Ronald was a United States Army Veteran having served his country during the Korean War, a member of the UMWA, and a retired coal miner. While his health permitted, Ronald and his dog Sam enjoyed farming and raising cattle. This kind and generous man was affectionately called “The Gentleman Farmer” by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Opal Gross, Eula Stanley, Wanda Kirk and Ola McCutcheon, and five brothers, Roy, Ray, Reo, Rexel and Roscoe Bennett.

He is survived by one sister, Wilda Bennett McComas and husband Everett of Marmet, one sister-in-law, Pauline Vest of Daniels, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the Mary Jane Church, Streeter Road, with Pastor Ernest Calfee Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Anderson-Vest Cemetery at Mount View.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time on Wednesday.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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