The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 3, 2012

Obituaries — Monday, Dec. 3, 2012


Maxine Burleson Tolbert

COTTAGEVILLE — Maxine Burleson Tolbert, 81, of the Evergreen Hills community, Cottageville, WV, departed this life November 30, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, WV.

She was born April 11, 1931, in Midway, WV, a daughter of the late John Husty and Gertrude Mae (Stover) Burleson. Her husband of 56 years, Richard B. Tolbert; brothers, Hugh Burleson, Charlie Burleson, and Basil Burleson; sisters, Myrtle Burleson, Mary Poe, Nora Noonkester, and Lucy Pitsenbarger, and son-in-law, Eugene Harmon, also preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and member of the Ripley Church of Christ. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and making quilts for her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her daughters, Linda (Tom) Grimm of Mason, Kim (Alan) Staats of Ripley, and Karen Harmon of Evans; sisters, Wanda Green of Beckley, and Shirley Stone of Crab Orchard; grandchildren, Michelle Harris, Lorie Grimm, Stephen Taylor, Jeremy Taylor, Michael Harmon, Chad Harmon, and Andy Grimm; great-grandchildren, Brandon Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Kyle Taylor, Olivia Harris, Kaylin Taylor, Lexi Taylor, and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Ripley Church of Christ, 112 Jackson Avenue, Ripley, WV, with ministers Clifton McLawhorn and Brent Dewees officiating. Burial will follow in Blaine Memorial Cemetery, Cottageville, WV.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, December 3, at Casto Funeral Home, 157 Evans Road, Evans, WV 25241.

E-mail condolences may be sent to:

Thomas A. Wilson

Thomas Arthur Wilson, 80, of Besoco passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012, in a Beckley hospital following a short illness.

Born March 25, 1932, at Mead, he was the son of the late Arlie Don and Mary Elizabeth (Stanton) Wilson.

Thomas attended the Grassy Banks Freewill Baptist Church and a former coal miner retiring after 20 years of service. In his leisure he enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by two brothers, Arlie Gene Wilson and James Fred Wilson; and one sister, Frances Mae Underwood.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Wanda Adkins Wilson; three daughters, Mary Azmon and her husband, James, of Mocksville, NC, Patricia Hart and her companion, Jackie Sargent, of Rhodell, and Rita Shrewsbury and her husband, Pettie, of Rhodell; seven sons, Thomas Wilson, Jr., and his wife, Beulah, of Harmony, NC, Danny Wilson and his wife, Mary, of Navarre, FL, Donald Wilson and his companion, Sharlene Furguson, of Odd, Fred Wilson of Mocksville, NC, Woodrow Wilson and his wife, Sherri, of Josephine, William Wilson and his wife, Marla, of Amigo, and Jerry Wilson and his wife, Maria, of Mocksville, NC; twenty-two grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at the Wilson Family Cemetery, Besoco, with Rev. Charlie Bolen officiating.

Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at the cemetery, which is on the property of Thomas Wilson at Besoco.

Pallbearers will be Frankie D. Bolen, Thomas A. Wilson, III, Nathanial T. Bolen, Anthony G. Wilson, Basil R. Reed, and Brandon Wilson.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

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