The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 12, 2009

Obituaries — Thursday, August 13, 2009

Edna Marie Adkins

COVEL — Edna Marie Adkins, 89, of Covel, formerly of Green Camp, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born July 20, 1920, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ella Smith Stratton.

She was a member of the Herndon Freewill Baptist Church for 17 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Millard Adkins; a daughter, Alice Kennedy; two brothers and two sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Kenneth Adkins and his wife, Janet, of Connersville, Ind.; her daughter, Stella Tho-mas of Covel, with whom she made her home; and two brothers, James Stratton of Harold, Ky., and Charles Stratton and his wife, Margie, of Accoville.

Edna, also known as “Nanny,” had 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren who will always remember her by her famous words, “Thems No No’s!”

A celebration of Edna’s life will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at Herndon Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. William O. Tolliver officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at the church.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online guest book may be signed at or e-mail condolences to the Adkins family at

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Adkins family.

Willene Austin

ST. ALBANS — Mrs. Willene Austin, 62, of 423 B. Street, Saint Albans, died Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Second Baptist Church, 700 F. Street Beckley, with the Rev. Rudolph Poindexter officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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