The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 1, 2014

Obituaries — Saturday, March 1, 2013

Gary Jason Adkins

SANDSTONE — Gary Jason Adkins, 60, of Sandstone, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Dave Simon officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may visit with the family from noon until time of service Monday.

Online condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Velma Jean Adolphi

Velma Jean Adolphi, 76, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

Services will be Saturday, April 5, at Francis Asbury UMC in Virginia Beach, Va.

Submitted by Cremation and Funeral Services of Tidewater, 757-855-0885.

Carol Ann Bower

Carol Ann Bower, 75, of Coal City, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung cancer in the arms of her loving family.

Born on July 14, 1938, in Lillybrook, she was the daughter of the late William Mays and Virgie Pearl Basham Mays.

Carol was a retired teacher’s aide of 29 years for the Raleigh Co. Board of Education, and a member of Princewick Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Carol is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Von Bower; sister, Hilda Wilson; brothers-in-law, Emmette Wilson and Eugene Grim.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Tamela Ann Sprouse (Chuck) of Princewick, W.Va., and son, Von Edward Bower at home; four grandchildren, Angela Hudnall (Michael) of Princewick, W.Va., Charlie Sprouse (Ashton) of Coal City, W.Va., Gregory Sprouse (Jessica) of Madison, N.C., Tosha Rice (Kevin) of Fredricksburg, Va.; eight great-grandchildren, Logan Patrick, Kayla Michelle, Casey Ruth, Zachary Charles, Elizabeth Gail, Edward Harrison, Jeremiah Lee and Benjamin James; sisters, Aline Ellis (Jim) of Dunnellon, Fla., Shirley Grim of Hudson, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Thomas (Jack) of Coal City, Bobbie Helvey (Vernon) of Covington, Va., and Nora Faye Keen (Eddie) of Christiansburg, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Pastor Shane Roark officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would also like to thank the Hospice Staff of Beckley, and the staff at the Carl Larson Cancer Center, Beckley.

Friends may gather with the family Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia.

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