The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 2, 2014

Obituaries — Sunday, March 2, 2013


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

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

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

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