The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 27, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, June 28, 2013


Elizabeth (Merze) O’Dell

SMOOT — Elizabeth (Merze) O’Dell of Smoot, formerly of Meadow Bridge, passed away peacefully, at home with family by her side on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, following a long illness.

Born September 3, 1926, on Simms Mountain, Rainelle, she was the daughter of the late Buzz Okey Simms and Esta Wooldridge Simms.

She was a member of Bellwood Baptist Church where she played the piano for several years, and she was a homemaker. Elizabeth enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, fishing, painting, and also working puzzles and reading comics. But her real passion was music, and she was very talented.

Elizabeth could play the organ, mandolin, guitar, but her favorite was the piano, that she enjoyed playing over the years for many local churches.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Edward (Mousey) O’Dell; one brother, Pastor James Simms; two sisters, Martha Simms and infant sister, Leigh Marie Simms.

Left to cherish her memory are: one daughter, Patricia Diane Adkins and husband Roger of Smoot (with whom she made her home); two granddaughters, Crystal Adkins and fiancé John of Backus Mtn, Meadow Bridge, and Christy Hamons and husband Lee of Bellwood; four great-grandchildren, Logan, Ethan, Nicholas, and Sophie Mae; nephews, Ralph Simms and wife, Mary, of Sandstone and Richard Simms and wife, Lois, of Elton.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Bob Meadows officiating. Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville.

Friends may gather with the family one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.) at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

George W. (Buck) Ray

George W. (Buck) Ray died Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Arrangements are pending with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive,  Beckley.

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