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 www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Forrest Lee Adkins

HINTON — Forrest Lee Adkins, 78, of 408 Hill St., Hinton, died Friday, March 29, 2013, in Beckley following a short illness.

Born February 22, 1935, in Hinton, he was the son of the late John Samuel and Elva Gladys Lilly Adkins.

Mr. Adkins was retired from the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources where he was a District Sanitarian. He was a member of the West Virginia Public Health Association and the West Virginia Association of Sanitarians. He was a lifelong resident of Hinton.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Rae Berry, and also by a niece, Debbie Hunter.

Survivors include a brother, Bill Adkins and wife Gloria of Hinton, three sisters, Virginia Harvey of Columbus, OH, Rose Marie Hubbard and husband Cecil of Lanman, MD, and Kara Sue Slusher and husband James of Dunkirk, MD. Special nephew, Jeffrey Slusher. Close and special friend, Tina Crook of Beckley.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton. Friends may call from 12 p.m. until time of services on Monday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and guest at www.pivontfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.



Sandra Marie Brown

CRAIGSVILLE — Sandra Marie Brown, 55, of Craigsville, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the White Funeral Home at Craigsville with Pastor David Sommerville officiating. Interment will follow in the WV Memorial Gardens at Calvin. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.whitefuneralhomewv. com.



Derek J. Cohenour

HOMETOWN — Derek J. Cohenour, 32, of Hometown, formerly of Smoot, WV, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013, at C.A.M.C. Memorial following a short illness.

He was a graduate of Concord University with a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics. He was employed by the West Virginia Medical Institute as an Information Technology Specialist. Derek attended the Poca United Methodist Church.

Born December 10, 1980, he was the son of the late James E. and Carrell L. Cohenour.

He is survived by his loving wife, Violet Garrison Cohenour; his precious daughters, Lilly Virginia and Lila Grace Cohenour; brother, Darren (Mitzi) Cohenour of Smoot; as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be made to the “Power of Many Campaign” for the David Lee Cancer Center, Charleston. Visit camcfoundation.org for details and to donate.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Poca United Methodist Church, Poca, with Pastor Audria Botkin officiating. Burial will follow in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the Cohenour family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.

Raynes Funeral Home, 303 Ash Circle, Eleanor, is in charge of arrangements.



Mary (Lavana) Conrad

CRAIGSVILLE — Mary (Lavana) Conrad, 68, of Craigsville, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Locust Grove Baptist Church, Craigsville, with Pastor George Peyatt officiating. Interment will be in Mountain Trail Cemetery, Craigsville. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.



Lucy Dorsey Crist

RUPERT — Lucy Dorsey Crist, 66, of Rupert, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, Va., following a short illness.

Born Feb. 23, 1947, at Rupert, she was the daughter of the late Mildred Bessie Fleshman Dorsey and the late William Addison Dorsey.

Lucy was a homemaker and a member of the Duo Community Baptist Church of Rupert.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Dalton Crist, on Aug. 31, 2005. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmie Crist, and a brother, Forrest “Bud” Dorsey.

Survivors include: a daughter, Melanie Crist Myers and Jeff Myers of Quinwood; a son, Roger Lee Crist of Rupert; Lucy’s fiance, Glenn Lamb of Chesapeake, Va.; nine grandchildren, Tiera, Justin, Sasha, Cory, Lacy, Morgan, Chandler, Trinity, and Brooklyn; and three great-grandchildren, Rylee, Haylee, and Colton; and her extended family at Virginia Beach, Va.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Rev. John Wyatt officiating. Entombment will follow in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Ernest Dale Dennison

CANVAS — Ernest Dale “Kenny” Dennison, 75, of Canvas, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Pastor Dana Gatewood officiating. Interment will follow in the Groves Cemetery at Canvas. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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



Monna Jeanette Thomas Fulton

The Lord is my shepherd. I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Monna Jeanette Thomas Fulton, 54, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at GVMC, after being transported from White Sulphur Care Center Wednesday morning.

She was the daughter of Robert E. Lee Thomas and Shelba Jean Hughart Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Karl Fulton, in 2003.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Rainelle.

She was a very loving mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. She enjoyed helping other residents of the nursing home and was involved in several activities there. She was looking forward to the birth of her first great-granddaughter. She passed the day before the baby was born.

Those left to cherish precious memories, besides her parents, are two daughters, Christina Ann Sline-Poore and husband Charles Poore of Alderson, Misty Dawn Fulton of Lewisburg; one son, Emanuel Garett “Gary” Sline, Jr., of Alta; four grandchildren, Shelbi Marie Withrow and Austin Daniel Garett Withrow of Alderson, Mia Faith Sline and Thomas Garett Sline of Rupert; one great-granddaughter, Rylee Marie Jeanette Bryant-Withrow; sisters Theresa Lee Thomas, address unpublished, Katherine Dawn Wallace and husband Rodney of Princeton, WV; one brother, Jeffery Dwayne Thomas of Charleston; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Wallace and Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastor Bob Scharnhorst officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.). Burial will follow at Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace and Wallace of Rainelle.



Ruth Lilly Garten

HINTON — Ruth Lilly Garten, 90, of 701 Temple St., Hinton, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, Tennessee.

Born February 3, 1923, at Pipestem, she was the daughter of the late Cecil M. and Elizabeth Pettrey Lilly.

Mrs. Garten was a homemaker and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Hinton.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Walter Garten. Also by three infant children, three sons, Ronnie, Eddie and Jimmie Garten, two grandsons, Tony Garten and Gary Nelson Richmond, two brothers and two sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory are five daughters, Lorenda Richmond of Hinton, Drema and husband Joey Burner of Hopewell, VA, Elizabeth Long and husband Ted of Morristown, TN, Sarah Hamm and husband Junior of Glade Spring, VA, and Betty Canterbury and husband Elvis of Ballengee, WV. Two sons, Charles Garten of Beckley and Keith Garten of Hinton. Thirteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, one brother, Rassie Lilly and wife Florence of Princeton, special daughter-in-law, Carol Garten of South Carolina. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Pete Cook and W.D. Hamm, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in Rocky Mount Cemetery at Pipestem. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.



James (Jim) A. Hart

SANDSTONE — James (Jim) A. Hart, 72, of Sandstone, went home to be with his mother, very peaceably in his sleep on Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Born June 10, 1940, in Fireco, WV, he was the son of the late James and Beulah Cadle Hart.

Jim loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing and playing with his grandchildren.

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include his five children Brian Hart and his wife Terri, Dusty Groves, Kerry Hall and husband Brad, Timmy Chappelle and wife Mary, Chad Anderson and wife Christy; 14 grandchildren, and 4 brothers and sisters, a host of nieces and nephews and beloved friends.

In keeping with Jim’s wishes he will be cremated and there will be no services.

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

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home Beckley, West Virginia.



Arthenia Gladys Heaster

FINCASTLE, Va. — Arthenia Gladys Heaster, 89, of Fincastle, Va., formerly of Sam Black, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel Inc., Rainelle.



Jeffrey Hendricks

BRENTON — Jeffrey Hendricks, 55, of Brenton passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013.

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



Allen Hinkle

WHARNCLIFFE — Allen Hinkle, 27, of Wharncliffe, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Faith Church of God at the Ben Creek section of Wharncliffe, with the Rev. Danny Ward. Burial will be in Hatfield Cemetery, Wharncliffe Station, Wharncliffe. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 10 p.m. with a special service at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the church.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.



Lota (Jane) Morrison Hull

EAGLE ROCK, Va. — Mrs. Lota (Jane) Morrison Hull, 89, of Eagle Rock, Va., formerly of Greenbrier County, died Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the Enon Baptist Church at Frankford with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg.

McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.



Deanna Lynn Adkins Hulvey

ALANDALE, Fla. — Deanna Lynn Adkins Hulvey, age 46, of Alandale, FL, passed away suddenly at her home on Friday, March 8, 2013.

Born July 4, 1966, in Portsmouth, VA, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Thomas and Glenda Gail Toney Adkins.

A brother, Thomas Ray Adkins, preceded her in death.

She is survived by sisters, Donna Wilson of South Daytona, FL, and Sharon Gutierrez of Canton, GA; brother, Daniel Adkins of Dothan; six nieces and nephews, three great-nieces and one great-nephew.

She will be sadly missed by many other family and close friends. We will carry her memory in our hearts forever.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Peters Cemetery in Dothan, WV. For more information contact her sister, Sharon Gutierrez, at (912) 332-3075.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Information submitted by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.



Ira Dupuy (I.D.) Lilly

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ira Dupuy (I.D.) Lilly of Orlando, Florida, passed away at his residence with family on March 27, 2013, at the age of 93. He was born in the upstairs of an old store building his mother owned and operated in Cool Ridge, WV, on January 26, 1920. After earning a degree in teaching from Concord (Athens, WV), he taught in a one-room schoolhouse in the early 1940s. During World War II, he proudly enlisted in the Navy, where he was stationed in Lakehurst, NJ. I.D. served as a blimp pilot in North Africa, Spain and France. In addition, he was second in command of a blimp that flew missions over the Straits of Gibraltar, searching for German submarines entering the Mediterranean Sea. While serving the Navy in World War II, I.D. attained a ranking of LTJG. After leaving the Navy, he served as a reserve officer until June 1967.

In August of 1947, I.D. married the love of his life, Allegra Daniel, of Beckley, WV. In Beckley, he owned and operated Lewis Terminal, a 24-hour truck stop, at 5-Corners and began a small trucking company. He later moved to Orlando, FL, where he was a successful truck broker and owned/operated a trucking company. He worked closely with the Florida Gift Fruit Shippers Association in Orlando, retiring as the Transportation Manager in the mid-1980s. After retirement, I.D. developed a successful Office/Warehouse rental complex in west Orlando, which continues in operation today. Being a successful businessman was not I.D.’s greatest pleasure in life; his greatest joy was his wife of 65 years, family and friends.

I.D. was truly dedicated to the preservation of the Lilly Reunion, which he faithfully supported and attended throughout the years. He also served as a past board member.

He is superseded in death by his father, Ira; mother, Leona; and two brothers, Franklin and Major. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Savino and her husband, Bill, of Longwood, FL; his son, Larry Lilly and his wife, Klaye, of Cool Ridge, WV; and his son, Alan Lilly and his wife, Cindy Schleier, of Orlando, FL. I.D. is also survived by his grandson, Michael Savino; his wife, Tisa; and their children, Gavin and Carson of Enterprise, FL; his grandson, Daniel Savino and his wife, Paula, of Raleigh, NC; his grandson, Clayton Lilly and his wife, Christa Lilly, Ph.D., of Fairmont, WV; his granddaughter, Kelley Wamsley, Ph.D., and her husband, Brock, of Starkville, MS; and his granddaughters, Meghan Lilly, M.D., of Harrisburg, PA, and Adriene Lilly of Guizhou, China.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to: Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 8009 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32809, in Memory of Ira D. Lilly.

The viewing will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, with Rev. Craig Stevens officiating. Entombment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Bud Lumbo

ITMANN — Bud Lumbo, 84, of Itmann, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013.

A celebration of Bud’s life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. J.L. Riffe officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny.

Memorial donations may be made in Bud’s name to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

Those wishing to express their condolences may do so by visiting our website at  www.calfeefuneralservice.com.

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



Velma Duncan Sandoval

RICHMOND, Va. — Velma Duncan Sandoval, 87, passed from this earth and into Heaven on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Born April 21, 1925, in Herndon, WV, the daughter of the late Okley Thurman Duncan and Cosby Mae Radford Duncan, she was a longtime resident of Mullens, WV, and had made Princeton her home for the past 25 years.

Velma will be reunited in Heaven with her husband of 63 years, Alfonso “Al” Sandoval, Jr.; her sister, Reba Dooley; and grandson, Nathan T. Joyce.

She is survived by three children, Donald D. Sandoval and wife Susie of Columbus, OH, Judith A. Joyce and husband Butch of Richmond, VA, and Marc M. Sandoval and wife Gail of Milton, WV; six grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. Velma was a 1941 graduate of Mark Twain High School in Stotesbury, WV, and a 1942 graduate of Beckley College. She worked for many years as an executive secretary and was an active member of the National Secretaries Association, as well as the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Velma enjoyed a significant relationship with the Lord, and was a lifelong member of the Mullens Presbyterian Church, and the Princeton Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder. She also enjoyed Bible study, and participated in numerous Bible study groups in the area. She will be missed by those who knew her for her outgoing personality, positive attitude, and infectious energy.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Princeton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ed Pettus officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call at the church from 12 noon until the service hour on Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be made to the Princeton Presbyterian Church, 1809 W. Main St., Princeton, WV 24740, or to the Bible Study Fellowship at www.bsfinternational.org. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com.

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Sandoval family.



Jerry Lee Stafford

RICHMOND, Va. — Jerry Lee Stafford, 70, of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Wyoming County, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013, in the Bowers Hospice House following a short illness.

Born October 13, 1942, in Matheny, he was the son of the late George Earley Stafford Jr. and Dora Catherine Stewart Stafford of Eccles.

In addition to his mother he is survived by two brothers George Earley “Skip” Stafford III and his wife Yvetta of Cottondale. AL, Eugene Austin Stafford and wife Kelly of Fayetteville. Not to be forgotten his beloved pet Chiquita, and a host of nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.

In keeping with Jerry’s wishes he will be cremated and there will be no services.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.



Joanna Webb

Joanna Margaret Ryback Webb of Naoma died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

The funeral liturgy will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral Mass.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Kendria Lea Williams

SUMMERSVILLE — Kendria Lea Williams, 49, of Summersville died Thursday, March 28, 2013.

The Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the St. Johns Catholic Church at Summersville with Father Xavier Cooney, SVD, officiating. Burial will follow in the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville.

E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com.



Elenita Ruth ‘Nita’ Wise

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Funeral service for Elenita Ruth “Nita” Wise, 83, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Fletcher’s Presbyterian Church, Newland, N.C., with burial in Fletcher’s Cemetery. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia, S.C., is assisting the family.

Mrs. Wise returned to her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Born in Beckley, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Roy Ray and Audrey Hazel Wills Ellison and a 1951 graduate of Berea College. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Milton B. “Skeeter” Wise.

Left to cherish her sweet memory are son, Milton B. Wise Jr. and his wife, Gloria; son, Timothy L. Wise and his wife, Carrie; daughter, Becky Wise Potter and her husband, Billy; grandchildren, Josh Wise, Allie Wise and Nick Potter; devoted caretakers, Marina Ortega and Bilma Mososco, as well as countless friends and family members she held dear. She will be remembered for her pure and open heart, her unfailingly kind and generous spirit and her deep faith in God’s plan. She leaves behind a legacy of award-winning poetry, a lifetime of volunteer service and three children forever enriched by her unconditional love.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fletcher’s Presbyterian Church, PO Box 493, Newland, NC 28657.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.