The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 2, 2014

Obituaries — Sunday, March 2, 2013


Gary Jason Adkins

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

Born December 30, 1953, in Fairbanks, AK, he was the son of Walter Franklin Adkins and the late Vera Wardensky Adkins.

Gary was a heavy equipment operator having worked for Lanford Brothers in Roanoke, VA. He grew up as a military brat living in the Philippines, Guam, Japan, Washington state, Maine and southern California to name a few places, and graduated from high school in south Florida. Gary had an avid interest in everything involving motorcycles, and especially loved riding and caring for his Harley Davidson bikes. He had an endless love for animals with a special place in his heart for his dog Scooter. Gary was also a big movie fan, most fond of westerns with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood and the Lord Of The Rings series. He also greatly enjoyed NASCAR and Ford Mustangs.

In addition to his father, Gary is survived by his son, Jamie Adkins and his wife Deliah of Florida; grandchildren, Ava, Malcolm and Clementine Adkins, all of Florida; stepdaughters Angela Rose Martin of Virginia and Amanda Rose Kirk of West Virginia; stepmother Deborah Adkins; sister, Sue Ellen Adkins Rose and her husband Robbie, with their daughter Kristina and son Jonathan, all of West Virginia; Yvonne Wood of Virginia, Rose Harris of North Carolina, and numerous other family.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, 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 12 p.m. until time of service on Monday.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Kay Keys Belcher

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Kay Keys Belcher, 68, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died Feb. 28, 2014.

Information submitted by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Beverly Watts Breckinridge

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Beverly Watts Breckinridge, a native and resident of Beckley for many years, died peacefully on February 25, 2014, at her home in Bellevue, Wash., at the age of 97.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex III, a son, Thomas, and a daughter, Jennifer.

She is survived by her son, Lex (Zonnie) of Bellevue, four grandchildren, Alex V (Kirsten) of Washington, DC, Barbara Levesque (Dominique) of Austin, Texas, Robert of New York, NY, Isabel Hall of New York, NY, and two great-grandchildren, Caroline and Alex VI of Washington, DC.

Beverly was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Music and received an M.A. in Music from the Sherwood School of Music in Chicago. A professional musician until the age of 90, Beverly performed in Chicago and throughout the Midwest as a soprano and an accompanist until returning to her hometown of Beckley in 1950 where she met and married Alex and raised her children. She continued her performing career in West Virginia while also serving as the Music Director at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church. After moving to Charlottesville in 1968, Beverly served in various roles in the music program at St Paul’s Memorial Episcopal Church where she was also a member of the Vestry and the Altar Guild and a graduate of EFM. Her last position at St Paul’s prior to her retirement at age 90 was as the accompanist to the Children’s Choir. She had a long association with the Wednesday Music Club, which she also served as President.

Beverly moved to Austin, Texas, in 2007 to be with Lex and his family and to Bellevue, Wash., in 2010 when Lex took up the position as Rector of St Thomas Episcopal Church. She continued to be a dedicated musician to the end of her life, giving her last recital including works from Bach, Debussy, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff at the age of 96.

Beverly loved her family, the Episcopal Church, and the piano in equal measure and her last years were filled with all three.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at St Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina Wash. Beverly’s ashes will be interred in Charlottesville at a later date.

Memorial gifts can be made to The St Thomas Legacy Foundation, St Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 NE 12th Street, Medina, WA 98039, www.stthomasmedina.org.

Submitted by Flintoft’s Funeral Home.

Margaret S. Caudill

LOGAN — Margaret S. Caudill, 71, of Logan died Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Her arrangements are incomplete at this time, and Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her services.

Donald Marion Davidson

Donald Marion Davidson, age 83, of Shady Spring, WV, passed away at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Born on May 30, 1930, at Beaver, WV, he was the son of the late Roy Davidson and Millie Sharpe Davidson.

Mr. Davidson was a retired locksmith and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Davidson was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Marshall Davidson, by a stepdaughter Phyllis Moore, by brothers, Wylie and Roy Davidson, and by a sister.

Survivors include a son Donald Allen Davidson of Oak Hill, two stepsons, Pastor Roger Richmond and his wife Dora of Shady Spring, with whom he made his home, and David Richmond and his wife Linda of Shady Spring.

A brother, Eudell Davidson of Texas, and a sister, Wilma Green of Glen Morgan.

Several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ernest Calfee Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity, WV.

Friends may visit with the family from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Doug Mills, Terry Gest, Harold Marshall, Gary Marshall, Allen Marshall, and Roger Richmond Jr.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV.

Gladys Davis

Gladys Davis, 90, passed away March 1, 2014.

High Lawn Funeral Chapel, Oak Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Euell Sherman Hanshaw

PINEVILLE — Euell Sherman Hanshaw, 82, of Pineville passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Wyoming Nursing and Rehab Center at New Richmond following a short illness.

Born January 17, 1932, at Guyan, WV, he was the son of the late Sherman Hanshaw and Lucy Morgan Hanshaw.

Mr. Hanshaw was of the Baptist faith. He served in the U.S. Army and was a retired  Sergeant and tank commander. He enjoyed restoring old cars, fixing things, chewing tobacco and being with his family especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Effie Morgan.

Survivors include his wife, of 63 years, Betty Dorton Hanshaw of Pineville; A son, J.R. Hanshaw of N. Palm Beach, FL; 2 daughters, Belinda Cook Bias and her husband, Jack, of Pineville and Debbie Cox and her husband, George, of Elizabeth; 4 grandchildren, Craig Cook and wife, Stephanie; Tara Hatfield and husband, Adam; G.W. Cox and wife, Amy; and Beth Cox and companion Bill Bradley; 12 great-grandchildren, Kadan, Piper, Riley, Maizy, Zane, Jax, Mason and Nate Cook; MaKinlei Hatfield, Morgan, Collins, Tanner Cox and Brooklynn Koehler.

A celebration of Euell’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Raven Kennedy and Pastor Michael Knotts officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming County Honor Guard, P.O. Box 492, Oceana, WV 24870.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Hanshaw family.

Lula Perry Judy

RAINELLE — Lula Perry Judy, 99, of Rainelle, passed away Feb. 28, 2014.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the Sewell Valley Baptist Church in Rainelle with the Pastor Fred Fryar officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Entombment will be at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum in Clintonville.

Please send online condolences to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel in Rainelle is in charge of arrangements.

Michael G Kidd

Michael G Kidd passed away peacefully on February 25, 2014. He was surrounded by family and friends. He lived in Mt. Hope, W.Va., until he graduated from high school and joined the Army.

He is survived by his wife, Roxann Kidd; daughter, Morgan Hefner; stepchildren, Michael Geiss Jr. and Katelyn Lockard; his four-legged daughter Molly; stepmother, Katy Blankenship; brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Cathy Blankenship; brother, Mitchel Blankenship; sister, Dorothea; 1 nephew and 2 nieces: Joe, Jereka, and Mickaela; his extended family: Steve Johnson, Helenanne and Gary Morris, Michael “Tag” Taggart, Michael “Bubba” Moore, John, Johnny, and Cheyanne Worth, Ashley Haavistola, and Kelly Culpepper.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

To send an online condolence visit www.strano-feeley.com.

Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 302-731-5459.

Ronald Ernest King

OAK HILL — Ronald Ernest King, 57, of Oak Hill, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Bowers Hospice House.

Ronald was born on November 23, 1956, to Beverly Jean King Garrett. He attended Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert Manning, and Aunt Betty King.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, April King; sister, Linda Manning; brothers, Carl Garrett and Johnny King; and nephew, Zachary King.

Service will be Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. at High Lawn Funeral Chapel.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, March 3rd, at High Lawn Funeral Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.highlawnfuneralchapel.com.



Josephine Lilly

MAPLE FORK ROAD — Josephine Lilly, 78, of Maple Fork Road went home to be with her Lord, on Friday, February 28, 2014, in Ruby Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Born May 5, 1935, in her parents’ home at Jumping Branch, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Hazel Lilly.

Josephine was a member of the Maple Fork Baptist Church, owned and operated Lilly’s Upholstery for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Harry E. Lilly, great-grandson Carter Michael Pack, a sister Melba Prince, and 3 brothers James Lilly, Gene Lilly, and David Lilly, and a daughter-in-Law Susie Lilly.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children Burke Worrell and her husband Ray of Sand Branch, Joyce Whitt and her Husband Willie of Mt. Tabor, Kathy Pack of Maple Fork, Harry E. Lilly Jr. and his wife Mary of Mt. Airy, NC, and Jo Ann Plumley and her husband Junior of Maple Fork; 12 grandchildren Ray, Amanda, Becky, Paula, Willie, Eric, Daniel, Lydon, Jeremy, Tiffany, Jessica, and CJ; 19 great-grandchildren Alden, Madisyn, Caleb, Zack, Abby, Hailey, Isaiah, Cameron, Riley, Peyton, Easton, Ethan, Gunner, Warren, Gavin, Greyson, Gracie, Mason, and waiting on a new addition Baby Stahl; 2 brothers Robert Earl Lilly of Beckley, and Charles Lilly and his wife Jenny of Pebbles, Ohio. 2 sisters Brenda Rood and her husband Ron of Shady Spring and Hazel Stanley and her husband Tim of Fairdale, and her brother-in-law Robert E. Lilly and his wife Vickie of Orlando, FL, and sister-in-law Betty Lilly of Mt. Hope.

Services celebrating Josephine’s life will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 1 p.m. at her church, Maple Fork Baptist, with her Pastor Jim Bowyer officiating. Following the service she will be laid to rest next to her husband in Blue Ridge  Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Ray Worrell, Willie Whitt, Eric Pack, Daniel Pack, Lydon Lilly, Jeremy Lilly, and C.J. Plumley. Flower Girls will be Becky Kiblinger, Paula Stahl, Amanda Chornsbay, Tiffany Maynor, and Jessica Lilly.

Friends may gather with the family Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Eugene ‘Gene’ Harold Martin

RAINELLE — Eugene “Gene” Harold Martin, 80, of Rainelle, formerly of Meadow Bridge, passed away Feb. 28, 2014.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel in Rainelle. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences to www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Wallace and Wallace Funeral Chapel in Rainelle are in charge of arrangements.

Ronald McMickle

GREENVILLE — Ronald McMickle, 76, of Greenville, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Christopher Scott McNeill

We lost our beloved Chris on Thursday, February 27, 2014, after a long struggle with heart disease.

Born March 23, 1970, in Washington, DC, he is the son of Bruce McNeill and Donna Bailey Bierman.

Chris developed a love of deer hunting at an early age by going with his father, Bruce. He was most at peace hunting and fishing in the mountains of West Virginia. Chris would say his greatest achievement in life is his lovely daughter, Amber. Chris was employed as a welder by Pennington Plumbing and Heating.

Chris is preceded in death by grandparents, Rev. Claude and Maxine Bailey, and Virgil and Valentine McNeill.

In addition to his parents, Bruce and Donna, those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Pennie McNeill of Sophia; daughter, Amber Christine McNeill of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; stepson, Mark Hatcher; stepgranddaughters, Alyssa Hatcher and Hailey Hatcher; sister, Cynthia Langel and husband Paul of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; brother, Dr. Brian McNeill and fiancée, Denice Georgi of Atlanta, Ga.; nephew, Andrew Langel; niece, Ashley Langel.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor George Mandakunis officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Jacqueline Sue Clay Plummer

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Jacqueline Sue Clay Plummer of Bridgeton, N.J., formerly of Oceana, WV, went to be with her Lord in Inspira Medical Center, Vineland, N.J.

Jackie was born at Montcoal, WV, a daughter of the late Thomas Jennings Clay and Lola Mae Morgan Clay of Dameron, WV.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles R. Plummer, a son-in-law Keith Bassler and a brother Jennings Clay.

Jackie lived in Upper Deerfield Township, Bridgeton, N.J., and owned and operated her beauty shop on Laurel Heights Drive for more than 40 years.

She was a 1958 graduate of Oceana High School.

Survivors include her daughters Cheri (Jim) Clemet of Gibbstown, N.J., Terri Bassler Somerpoint, N.J., a son Barry (Carla) Plummer, Bridgeton, N.J. Granddaughters Jackie Clemet, Gibbstown, N.J., and Kelly Plummer of Bridgeton, N.J., grandsons James (Gretel) Clemet, Havre-De-Grace, M.D., Bradley (Jessica) Plummer, Vineland, N.J., and Kevin Plummer, Bridgeton, N.J. Two sisters Janith Clay, Bridgeton, N.J., and Jaunetta (Rondell) Belcher, Sun Hill, W.Va., and her “little girl” Daisy.

Her funeral services were held at Freitag Funeral Home, Bridgeton, N.J., with Pastor Kevin Davis of St. Pauls United Methodist Church Paulsbora, N.J., officiating.

Jackie was laid to rest beside her husband Charles at Overlook Cemetery, Bridgeton, N.J.

For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Safely Home- I am home in heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty, In this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever, You shall rest in God’s own land. There is work still waiting for you. So you must not idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth- You shall rest in God’s own land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home; Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!

This information was submitted by Evans Funeral Home.

Pendleton Lewis Raines

On Monday, February 24, 2014, Pendleton Lewis Raines, 89, of Beckley, passed away with his family by his side. Born April 18, 1924, at Wayside, WV, he was the son of the late Pendleton Roy and Sarah Harris Raines.

Penn was a lifelong resident of Monroe and Raleigh counties. He was a Veteran of WWII, serving in the Army Air Force as an Aerial Gunner and receiving honorable discharge in 1945. Returning to Beckley, he was owner operator of Harper Heights Grocery and Service Station. Later, he attended Morris Harvey College in Charleston, WV, for a degree in Business Science. Raines and Raines Construction was formed in 1958, later becoming Beckley Realty Company. Penn was active in the area home building and real estate industry for over fifty years, completing his last house in 2010. During this time, he obtained his auctioneering license and truly enjoyed those events. He was involved in many community and business organizations. Also a member of several area dance clubs, he enjoyed ballroom and square dancing. Penn had many hobbies: including tending his small vineyard and crafting wines, traveling the back roads and abroad, and being with family and friends. A natural student of life and learning, he was always ready for the next adventure.

Penn was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Morrison Raines, a daughter Penny Ruth, a granddaughter Kristen Leigh, and brother Fred Henry Raines.

Survivors left to cherish his memory include a son, David L. Raines and wife, Tonja, grandson, David Ashton, all of Beckley. A daughter Deborah Denny and husband Chris of Flat Top. Grandson Zephan Keatley and wife, Brandy, great-grandson Liam, all of Raleigh, NC. A brother George Franklin Raines and wife Dorty of Mansfield, OH. A sister-in-law Alberta Raines of Shreveport, LA, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Rose & Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Craig Stevens of Northgate Baptist Church officiating. A private burial will follow. Friends may call one hour before services at the funeral home. Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.

Athos ‘Stack’ Roy

RAINELLE — Athos “Stack” Roy, 87, of Rainelle, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc. Friends may call one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.

Mildred S. Fleshman Shaver

ELK KNOB — Mildred S. Fleshman Shaver, 98, of Elk Knob, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at Rockin Chair Residential Care at Lerona after a long illness.

Born October 24, 1915, in Greenbrier County, she was the daughter of the late Chester M. and Mae Tilson Lightner.

Mrs. Shaver was a former postmaster at Elton and operated Fleshman’s Grocery Store at Elton for many years. Following high school, she attended Greenbrier Women’s College. She was a member of Elk Knob Baptist Church and also a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd H. Fleshman, and by her second husband, Thomas Shaver. Also preceded by 10 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a son, Robert Fleshman and wife Kay of Hinton, and a daughter, Wanda Massie of Hinton. Seven grandchildren also survive.

Graveside services and burial will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Wallace Memorial Cemetery at Clintonville with Pastor Wilford Adkins officiating. There will be no visitation. Those wishing to attend the graveside are asked to meet at the cemetery.

Online condolences and guest register at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

Clyde Lee Vest

“Where words fail, bluegrass music speaks, touching your soul in times of care and sorrow, keeping a fountain of joy alive in your heart.”

Clyde Lee Vest, 85, of Stanaford, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 28th, 2014, after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Oral and Dexter Lowe Vest on February 27, 1929, in Streeter, Summers County, W.Va.

Mr. Vest leaves behind to cherish his memory his son, Randy and wife, Debbie, of Thomasville, N.C.; his daughter Barbara Kay Brown and husband, Ricky, of Dorothy, and Pam Smith of Beckley, whom he raised like a daughter, and grandchildren, Billy Vest of Charlotte, N.C.; Carolyn Trieglaff of Thomasville, N.C.; Ricky Brown, Jr., and wife, Tiffany, of Crab Orchard; Derrick Brown of Dorothy; Erica Bratcher and husband, Patrick, of Dorothy; Brian and Mendi Sheets; Dana and Stephanie Koontz; and Mack and Jamie Vanover, all of Bradley.

Survivors include his brothers Jack and wife, Nancy, of Beckley, W.Va.; Richard and wife, Alice, of Lenoir City, Tenn.; Donald and wife, Joann, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; and Jerry and wife, Ann, of Manning, S.C. He also leaves behind 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Vest was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Juanita; his parents; and two sisters, Sharon McFern and Elnora Connor; and one brother, Roger Vest.

Mr. Vest was retired from Greenbrier Dairy where he worked as a vitaline operator and served as local President of the United Steelworkers Union for nearly 35 years. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army 3rd Armored Division and was a member of the Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church.

Totally devoted to his family and friends, Mr. Vest was delighted when all would gather to share a meal and sing and play bluegrass music. He adored his wife and children and always cherished the time they spent together. He never knew a stranger and would make everyone feel welcome and at home. Mr. Vest was a man of many talents. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. When springtime came, you could often spot him in the garden, planting a fresh crop of his prize green beans along with various other fruits and vegetables. His woodworking projects produced many unique and treasured items, including puzzles, cutting boards, jewelry, clocks, spaceships, guitars, and even birdhouses for the local Cub Scouts. Mr. Vest was also an inventor with a successful patent. His was a life well-lived.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Stanaford Missionary Baptist Church on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. with Pastor George Wood officiating, assisted by Reverend Bill Vest. Friends and family may call from 12 a.m. until 2 p.m., two hours prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Prosperity.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.