The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 30, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, March 30, 2013


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.

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