The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 30, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, March 30, 2013

Charles Wesley Adkins

Charles Wesley Adkins, age 67, of Beckley, WV, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Thursday, March 28, 2013, after a long illness.

Born on June 28, 1945, at Sandstone, WV, he was the son of the late Forest Wesley Adkins and Madeline Meadows Adkins.

Mr. Adkins was a retired building contractor, and was of the Protestant faith. He had made his home in Beckley for the past 30 years. He enjoyed writing songs, building airplanes, playing music, and spending time with family and friends. He was a ham radio operator, and also a C.B. operator, by the name of “Clawhammer.” Mr. Adkins was a graduate of Hinton High School. He also was a former pastor and was a local evangelist. Mr. Adkins was a wonderful preacher.

A sister, Barbara Ann Adkins, preceded him in death.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife and caregiver Lura “Lou”  Rhodes Adkins.

Three children, Charles Wesley Adkins Jr. and his wife Pamela Medford Adkins, of Valdese, NC, Wanda Mae Shelton and her husband Jimmy Dean Shelton of Morganton, NC, and Richard Lee Adkins and his wife Lily Ann Adkins of Beckley.

Seven brothers, Vernon Adkins and his wife Drema of Beckley, Warren Adkins and his wife Lisa of Winchester, Va., Gary Adkins of Brooks, WV, Farrell Adkins and his wife Susie of McLeansville, NC, Robert Adkins and his wife Roberta of Thurman, Ohio, Stephen Adkins and wife Denise of Burlington, NC, and Acie Ayers and his wife Phyllis of Barksdale, WV.

Two sisters, Carol Thompson of Gibsonville, NC, and Wanda Ball and her husband Buddy of Talcott, WV.

Grandchildren, Brittany Samples, Hunter Adkins, Tyler Shelton, and Vincent Adkins, and special friend Casey Jones of Virginia are also among his survivors.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Ronald Adkins officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services on Monday. Pallbearers will be friends.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral  Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

Forrest Lee Adkins

Forrest Lee Adkins, 78, of Beckley died Friday, March 29, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Garnet Faye Ballard

HINTON — Garnet Faye Ballard, 82, of Hinton, died Friday March 29, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Larry Eugene Blake

ROANOKE, Va. — Larry Eugene Blake, 53, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Summersville, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Glade Creek with Pastors Bud Truman, Alva Blankenship and Joe Shaffer officiating.


The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville is in charge of arrangements.

Darrell Ray Bumgarner Sr.

Darrell Ray Bumgarner, Sr., 58, of Beckley, formerly of Loops Road, Rainelle, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013.

Born October 15, 1954, on Loops Road in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Robert Ray and Glenna Crookshanks Bumgarner.

Darrell worked construction most of his career and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing. Darrell loved to travel and ‘see the world.’

Survivors include his 2 sons Darrell Jr. and wife Edith and Robert all of Macon, GA; 1 brother Raymond and wife Mary of Beckley; 2 sisters Sandra Critchley and husband Bo of Maplewood and Sherry Payton and husband Dana of Lakeland, FL; and 2 grandchildren Jonathan and Mellianne.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Sims Cemetery on Loops Road, Rainelle, officiated by Pastor John Wyatt.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Lucy Dorsey Crist

RUPERT — Lucy Dorsey Crist, 66, of Rupert, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, will be in charge of arrangements.

Maria Ann DeGroff

HINTON — Maria Ann DeGroff, 71, of 412 Oak St., Hinton, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Hilldale following a long illness.

Born June 30, 1941, in Portland, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Rose Deuffee Porter.

Ms. DeGroff was a homemaker and had been a resident of Hinton for the past several years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include two sons, Nicole DeGroff and companion Doris Cook of Hinton and Ralph DeGroff and companion Mary Sexton of Hinton. Two daughters, Karlena Meeks of Beckley and Maria DeGroff of Lewisburg. Three brothers, Joseph, Mark and John Porter, all of Portland, MA. Eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. A special friend, Margaret Nelson of Hinton.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Rev. Matthew Saunders officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of services on Monday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

David Lee Morgan

LOGAN — David Lee Morgan, 72, of Logan, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.

Velma Duncan Sandoval

RICHMOND, Va. — Velma Duncan Sandoval, 87, passed from this earth and into Heaven on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Born April 21, 1925, in Herndon, WV, the daughter of the late Okley Thurman Duncan and Cosby Mae Radford Duncan, she was a longtime resident of Mullens, WV, and had made Princeton her home for the past 25 years.

Velma will be reunited in Heaven with her husband of 63 years, Alfonso “Al” Sandoval, Jr.; her sister, Reba Dooley; and grandson, Nathan T. Joyce.

She is survived by three children, Donald D. Sandoval and wife Susie of Columbus, OH, Judith A. Joyce and husband Butch of Richmond, VA, and Marc M. Sandoval and wife Gail of Milton, WV; six grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Velma was a 1941 graduate of Mark Twain High School in Stotesbury, WV, and a 1942 graduate of Beckley College. She worked for many years as an executive secretary and was an active member of the National Secretaries Association, as well as the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Velma enjoyed a significant relationship with the Lord, and was a lifelong member of the Mullens Presbyterian Church, and the Princeton Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder. She also enjoyed Bible study, and participated in numerous Bible study groups in the area. She will be missed by those who knew her for her outgoing personality, positive attitude, and infectious energy.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Princeton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ed Pettus officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at the church from 12 noon until the service hour on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be made to the Princeton Presbyterian Church, 1809 W. Main St., Princeton, WV 24740, or to the Bible Study Fellowship at

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Sandoval family.

Arleen Alice Tanner

MOUNT NEBO — Arleen Alice Tanner, 67, of Mount Nebo, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31, in the Fields Cemetery at Nettie with Pastor Doug Beam officiating.

White Funeral Home at Summersville is in charge of the arrangements.