The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 27, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

Wilma Jean Adams

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 7:7.

FANROCK — Wilma Jean Adams, 78, of Fanrock, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 25, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was cherished and loved by so many, she will be greatly missed.

She was born on December 23, 1934, at Indian Creek to the late Herbert and Delcie Short.

She retired from Welch Emergency Hospital in 1969. She was a homemaker and a member of Brier Creek Tabernacle Church. She loved quilting, crocheting, Cooking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Ernest Atwell; twin sons Kenneth and Earnest Atwell; a grandson Joey Rose; brothers Orville Ray Short, and Herbie Short, Jr.; and a special aunt Sarah St.Clair.

Mrs. Adams is survived by her husband of 46 years, Robert Lee Adams; daughters Barbara (Jim) Wyrick of Princeton, and Linda (Bo) Rasnake of Fanrock; daughters-in-law Liz Atwell of Indian Creek, and Jackie Blankenship of Indian Creek; one sister Helen (Ronnie) Stafford of Beaver; two brothers Ronny Short of Matheny, and Roger (Gail) Short of Cleveland, OH; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, October 28, 2013, at Brier Creek Tabernacle with Rev. Earnest Francis and Rev. Scotty Cline officiating. Reggie Stafford, soloist. Burial will follow at the Brewster Point Cemetery, Indian Creek. Pallbearers will be grandsons.

The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.

Ronald G. Baker

Ron (Ronnie) Baker was born on November 6, 1940, at Mullens in Wyoming County and died on October 20th at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. His parents, preceding him in death, were the late John Anderson Baker and Louise Grace Baker of Beckley.

Ron spent most of his early years in Beckley, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1958. He served in the Air Force for 4 years before finding work near Charleston, West Virginia. Initially, he was employed by FMC Corporation in South Charleston helping build armored personnel carriers, but spent the majority of his work life with Dunbar Printing Company in the bindery department. Ron was especially fond of hunting and hiking in the West Virginia hills where he gained special pleasure in improving his skills in archery. He also enjoyed traveling to Canada to fish with friends.

Ron retired in about 2006 and became the heroic caregiver for his mother and father in their later years on Mankin Avenue in Beckley. Ron was a member of the United Methodist Temple. He is survived by one brother, Michael Baker of Grand Junction, Colorado, and nephews Ethan, also of Grand Junction, and Aaron of Houston, Texas.

The Baker Family would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by caregivers Debbie Adams and Jamie Wolfe and his supportive Mankin Avenue neighbors.

Funeral services will be Monday, October 28th, at 1 p.m. at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Rev. Dr. Sam Stone will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity.

The family will receive friends from noon until the service hour.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley, WV.

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