The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


August 25, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013

Opal Church

ELKHORN CITY, Ky. — Opal Church, 95, of Elkhorn City, Ky., passed away Friday, August 23, 2013, in Beckley, WV.

Opal was born April 12, 1918, in Pike County, KY, to the late Arson Potter and Laura Conley Potter. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Finnie Adkins, and her 2nd husband, William D. Church, one daughter, Fayetta Blackburn, two sons, Alec and David Adkins, one grandson, Danny Bruce Adkins, and one brother, Thomas Potter.

Opal is survived by her daughter, Helema Jones of Beckley, WV, four grandchildren, Lanny Adkins, Lisa (and Bob, her husband) Runion, Donnie Jones and Tiffany Bailey-Slone; and five great-grandchildren, Robbie Runion, Drake Rowe, Rocky Slone, Meriah Slone, and Morgan Slone.

Opal was member of the Sulphur Spring Regular Baptist Church.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Elkhorn City, KY. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the chapel. Burial will follow at Dow Brooks Cemetery, Draffin, KY.

Evangelist Elinora Marie Trigg Cottrell

CHARLESTON — Evangelist Elinora Marie Trigg Cottrell, 68, of 1047 Grant St., Charleston, WV, formerly of Beckley and of Baltimore County, MD, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013, in Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA, following a long illness.

Born December 9, 1944, in Slab Fork, WV, she was the daughter of Deacon Leon A. and Geneva Manns Trigg, and stepdaughter of Maxine Harbison Trigg.

She was a 1963 graduate of Stratton High School. Evangelist Cottrell was very active in the VISTA Project in the early 1960s then went on to acquire two careers in lab technician and fast food areas in WV and Baltimore County, Maryland. Twenty years in each area and was very much liked by those she worked with and served being a shift supervisor six or seven years. She retired in Jan. 2007.

She and her husband were blessed by God to reside and own their home in Charleston, WV. Formerly from the Beckley area where she and her husband worked diligently in the church, being faithful in their worship for the Lord. Her husband called her many times affectionately “Teddy Bear” to let her know she was the only one. She will always be missed for her affection to him also. Former member of St. John Baptist Church, Raleigh, WV, and longtime member of Free and Independent Holiness Church, Beckley, WV.

She was preceded in death by Mother Geneva Katherine Manns Trigg, Son, Ondra Trigg, Grandmother Ellen Moore. Father and mother-in-law Joseph and Edith Cottrell, brothers-in-law, Joseph Cottrell and Carles “Butch” Fields.

She is survived by husband Elder Melvin Cottrell Sr., one son Melvin Cottrell, Jr., of Cockeysville, Maryland, one daughter Ladora Lee, Charleston, WV. Two grandchildren: James Evans III, Baltimore, Maryland, Christopher Lee, Charleston, WV, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Other survivors include: Father Deacon Leon A. Trigg and stepmother, Maxine Harbison Trigg; one sister Min. Patricia Fields, brother-in-law James (Trina) Cottrell of California, a special cousin Vanessa Manns, two special friends, Elsie Hairston of Charleston and Mary Schultz of Harford Co., Maryland.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Monday, August 26, 2013, at Free and Independent Holiness Church, 106 7th Street, Beckley, at 1 p.m. Officiating will be Bishop Ernest Stewart, Bishop Fred Simms and Rev. William Fruit.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services. Her remains will rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, WV.

Arrangements are by Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley, WV.

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