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.

Don Crawford

Don Lester Crawford, 80, of Sycamore Hollow, Colcord, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

William Andrew ‘Andy’ Ellison

RICHWOOD — William Andrew “Andy” Ellison, 54, of Richwood, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

At his request he will be cremated and a memorial service will be at a later date.

Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Wood Kelley

Joyce W. Kelley, age 88, of the Greystone Villages, Beaver, WV, formerly of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Born on February 20, 1925, at St. Albans, Vermont, she was the daughter of the late Henry Wood and Valeria Morton Wood.

Mrs. Kelley was retired from the State of Florida in the Health Rehabilitative Services. She ended her career as the Regional Director for Aging Services. Mrs. Kelley graduated as valedictorian of her class at the Rutland High School in Rutland, Vermont. She was a graduate of Syracuse University as Phi Beta Kappa, where she was the editor of the university paper. Mrs. Kelley was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority, and was a member of the St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

After college she married the love of her life and war hero, Hazen Kelley, in Syracuse, New York, where they were blessed with a daughter and son.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hazen Kelley, and by her brother, Retired Col. Donald M. Wood.

She is survived by her daughter, Sue Campbell and her husband Basil of Sandstone, her son Hazen Kelley and his wife Jane of Needham, Mass. 5 grandchildren, Todd Morgan of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Clint Morgan of Waynesboro, Virginia, Andrea Walter of Tampa, Florida, Dana Martinez of Tampa, Florida, Stephen Bascio, Needham, Mass., 10 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Her request was that a graveside service be held in Syracuse, New York, and to be Laid to Rest beside her husband Hazen Kelley. There will be no services or visitation. Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family at

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

Agnes Frances Steele Mills

Agnes Frances Steele Mills, age 90, of Beckley, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley.

Born on April 19, 1923, at McAlpin, she was the daughter of the late Robert Preston Richardson and Jessie Lang Richardson.

Mrs. Mills was a homemaker, and was a member of the Cranberry Baptist Church. She had made her home on Allen Avenue in Beckley since 1950.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lester Roger Steele Jr. and her second husband William C. Mills, a son, Wendell Nolan Steele, a brother Robert Preston Richardson.

Surviving are children: Roger Steele and his wife Dianna of Edenton, N.C., Mason Steele and his wife Carla of Hope Mills, N.C., and Vicki Forinash and her husband Sam of Glade Springs, Daniels; three stepdaughters, Judy Beckett and her husband Dempsey of Crab Orchard, Gina Mimms and her husband David of Fayetteville, and Connie Chapman of Maple Fork; daughter-in-law, Anita Steele of Port Royal, Va.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Cranberry Baptist Church at Cranberry, W.Va., on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 3 p.m., with Pastor Roger Pauley officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity, W.Va.

Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. until service time on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Preston and Jason Steele, Jason Taylor, Ryan and Aaron Forinash, and Scott Steele.

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.

Tammy Pedri

Margaret Tamera Pedri, 50, of Tracy’s Mountain, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2013, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Born July 15, 1963, at Mullens, she was the daughter of Rev. Gilbert C. “Junior” and Betty Vaughn Dodson.

Tammy was a 1981 graduate of Mullens High School and was a member of the Mullens Pentecostal Holiness Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Gilbert Dodson; and mother-in-law, Peggy Pedri.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Mark Pedri; two daughters, Leslie Pedri at home and Ashley Clark and her husband, Jeremy, of Penhook, VA; she was the loving grandmother of four grandchildren, Dylan Brehm, Ian Vanover, Lillee Vanover, and Autumn Clark; her father and mother, Rev. Gilbert C. “Junior” and Betty Dodson of Mullens; one brother, Robert C. “Bobby” Dodson of Mullens; and father-in-law, Adolph Pedri of Corinne.

Services will be noon Monday, August 26, 2013, at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lewis Arnold officiating. Burial will follow in the Milam Cemetery, Barkers Ridge.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

The family of Tammy Pedri is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

Dreama Kay Stewart

Ms. Dreama Kay Stewart, 61, of Beckley, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

George Curtis Stone

OAK HILL — George Curtis Stone, 75, of Oak Hill, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Allane Rhoda Carter Young

(b. March 21, 1935, d. August 20, 2013)

“Compassionate Giver, Fun-Loving Spirit, Inspiring Role Model”

Allane lived a life of helping others. This brought her as much or more joy as it did those she helped. Born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho, she began her life of giving by working with her seven sisters at her Mother’s market. There, she learned the importance of a close-knit family and community as they provided food and supplies to all, including Native Americans at the nearby reservation. Her compassion for those less fortunate led her to the field of Nursing and she graduated from the Deaconess School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington, in 1956. This was followed by a 40-year career of helping others who needed it most. She helped across many types of needs including newborns, surgery, post-operative recovery, and cardiac testing. She worked at hospitals, clinics, and even physician offices. Near the end of her career, she became Director of Nursing at the Rainelle Medical Center where she helped start a program for black lung patients. She cared deeply for all the patients she encountered.

Along the way, her desire to help others seemed to grow unbounded. In addition to her nursing career, she taught Special Education in Crichton, W.Va.; worked with children and babies in Bluefield, W.Va., and in Lewiston, Idaho; led two large programs to help mentally and physically handicapped children at the FMRS clinic in Beckley, W.Va.; and began a private school for mentally disabled children in Scarbro, W.Va. For this last effort, Allane was named “Person of the Year” for Fayette County, W.Va., in 1978. Allane became a consummate teacher who especially enjoyed helping children learn.

Allane acquired much of the knowledge she passed to others from reading books. Although she also loved gardening, camping, and listening to bluegrass music, she had an unbridled passion for reading. For several years, Allane worked as a volunteer at the Rainelle public library. She inspired others to share her joy of reading by giving books to everyone she met, from the youngest child to the oldest adult. She gave and gave, and not just books, always seeming to know just what was needed, and often saying this is what she enjoyed most in life — giving.

Allane met her soulmate, Doff Young, while she was in nursing school and Doff was serving in the military, stationed in Spokane, Wash. They married in 1955. Allane is survived by her husband, Doff, as well as their son, Steve Young and his wife Julie of Poquoson, Virginia; their daughter Corinna Foreman and her husband George of Cross Lanes, West Virginia; grandchildren Kelli Alpaugh, Kristi Pruett, Madison Young, Seth Young, Sophie Young, and Jacob Foreman; and four great-grandchildren.

Reflecting on her life, Allane wrote, “With inspiration and comfort from God, and Jesus’ continued presence, Life was a pleasure.”

There will be a celebration of Allane’s life at the Young’s farm in Rainelle, W.Va., on Saturday, September 7, at 1 p.m. All those who knew Allane or the family are welcome.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare, 16016 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Arrangements by Cooke Funeral Home.