The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 31, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, March 31, 2013

Charles Wesley Adkins

Charles Wesley Adkins, age 67, of Beckley, WV, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Thursday, March 28, 2013, after a long illness.

Born on June 28, 1945, at Sandstone, WV, he was the son of the late Forest Wesley Adkins and Madeline Meadows Adkins.

Mr. Adkins was a retired building contractor, and was of the Protestant faith. He had made his home in Beckley for the past 30 years. He enjoyed writing songs, building airplanes, playing music, and spending time with family and friends. He was a ham radio operator, and also a C.B. operator, by the name of “Clawhammer.” Mr. Adkins was a graduate of Hinton High School. He also was a former pastor and was a local evangelist. Mr. Adkins was a wonderful preacher.

A sister, Barbara Ann Adkins, preceded him in death.

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife and caregiver Lura “Lou” Rhodes Adkins.

Three children, Charles Wesley Adkins Jr. and his wife Pamela Medford Adkins, of Valdese, NC, Wanda Mae Shelton and her husband Jimmy Dean Shelton of Morganton, NC, and Richard Lee Adkins and his wife Lily Ann Adkins of Beckley.

Seven brothers, Vernon Adkins and his wife Drema of Beckley, Warren Adkins and his wife Lisa of Winchester, Va., Gary Adkins of Brooks, WV, Farrell Adkins and his wife Susie of McLeansville, NC, Robert Adkins and his wife Roberta of Thurman, Ohio, Stephen Adkins and wife Denise of Burlington, NC, and Acie Ayers and his wife Phyllis of Barksdale, WV.

Two sisters, Carol Thompson of Gibsonville, NC, and Wanda Ball and her husband Buddy of Talcott, WV.

Grandchildren, Brittany Samples, Hunter Adkins, Tyler Shelton, and Vincent Adkins, and special friend Casey Jones of Virginia are also among his survivors.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Ronald Adkins officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services on Monday. Pallbearers will be friends. Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

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

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