The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 14, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, June 14, 2013


Richard Clark Adkins

SCARBRO — Richard Clark Adkins, 66, of Scarbro, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital.

Born February 18, 1947, at Eccles, the son of the late Clark Adkins and Lura (Adkins) Adkins.

Richard was a mechanic on heavy equipment.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters Freda Cook, Joyce Breeden, Lorene Marcenach, and three brothers Estel Adkins, Herbert Adkins and Charles Adkins.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 47 years Vivian Adkins; three daughters Sherry Crawford and husband “Bubby,” Donna Sayre and husband Ronnie, and Bonnie Adkins; one son Ricky Adkins and wife Mary Jean; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel where the funeral will be held 12 noon Saturday, June 15, 2013, with Rev. Ken Sowder, Joan Perry, and Bobby Adkins officiating, and where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Adkins Family Cemetery, Longbottom Mountain, Hinton.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



N. Irene Bullins

“God took our mom home today, you fought the good fight and kept the faith. Now Heaven is sweeter with you there.” N. Irene Bullins, age 81, of Crab Orchard, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Born on December 2, 1931, at Helen, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lundy Blevins and Florence Blevins.

Mrs. Bullins worked as a Nanny and a caregiver for many years. She enjoyed painting, playing the piano, and her flowers. Mrs. Bullins was a member of the Teel Church of Jesus. Special thanks go to her pastor and his wife Gary and Janet Blankenship, and to her loving church family.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur Vernon Gross and Billy A. Bullins, by her children, Calvin A. Gross and Diane F. Bullins Coleman, and by her siblings, Elmer, Archie, and Jack Blevins, and Edna Farmer.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her children: Barbara Dean and her husband James of Clayton, Del., Kenny Bullins and his wife Diane of Newark, Del., Thurman Bullins and his wife Debbie of Perry, Ohio, Bess Scott of Crab Orchard, Bobby Bullins and his wife Frances of Lexington, N.C., Rose Blankenship and her husband Roger of Crab Orchard, Susie Mays and her husband Mike of Coal City, W.Va., and Tim Gross of Huntington, W.Va. A sister, Beulah O’Neal Wood of Crab Orchard; 28 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren also survive.

The family also extends special thanks to her best friends, Dena and Robert Blythe, to the Bowers Hospice House, Dr. Jenny GilBhrighde and Staff, Hospice House caregivers, Dr. Joseph Golden, Raleigh General Hospital, Mountain State Home Health, Raleigh Cancer Center, Dr. Khanna and Nancy, Pastor Ken Souder, and also to her special sister Beulah Wood and to her special niece Teresa Nowazcyk.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Gary Blankenship officiating. Private entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Prosperity on Monday.

The visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801, or to Hospice of Southern WV, P.O. Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802, in memory of Mrs. Bullins.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

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



Rowena Rae Conner

LAGRANGE, Ga. — Rowena Rae Conner, 64, of LaGrange, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill. At the family's request there will be no visitation.

Condolences may be sent to www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.



Norma Jean Cook Fink

Norma Jean Cook Fink of Soak Creek passed away at 6 p.m. June 11, 2013, at CAMC in Charleston, W.Va., with immediate family members present until her passing at her bedside.

She was born August 6, 1935, in Otsego, W.Va., and was the daughter of the late Esaw Paul Cook and Lillie Augusta Tilley Cook.

She resided the last 51 years of her life in Soak Creek. Norma graduated in 1953 from Sophia High School.

Our mother was full of life and enjoyed every minute of every day to its fullest. Mother made so many sacrifices in her life which made her life more difficult but she always worried about her family first, and she wanted her family to be taken care of before her needs. Mother loved to sew and cook from an early age and did both for everyone for all of her life which can never be replaced nor replicated again.

Mother always cared for her family and would call to check up on her family members because she would be worried about them and did not even think of her condition. Mother was scared before her last surgery and did not want to go to CAMC in Charleston, WV, but she was not scared for herself but for all of us which would be left behind for which she cared for more than herself.

In addition to her parents, Norma is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Joseph (Joe) Fink; son, Robert Joseph (Robin) Fink II; brother, Walter Riley Cook, and her beloved sister, Charlotte Hannah Cook Honaker; granddaughter, Lori Fink.

Those left to cherish her memory include her four children, Paul Aaron Fink and wife Eve of Princewick, W.Va., Michael Anthony Fink and wife Karen of Shady Spring, W.Va., Jeffrey Ray Fink of Soak Creek, Nashalla (Shalla) Fink Hatcher and husband Daryl of Mabscott, W.Va.; special grandson, Adam Lewis, whom she thought of as a son; brothers and sisters, June Booth, Tommy Cook and wife Mary, Geneva Yarad and husband Johnny, Katherine Plumley and husband Harold, David Cook and wife LaRonda, Eddie Cook and wife Annette; eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Sophia, with Pastor Richard Wagoner officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Nephews will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Williams Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 101 1st Street, Sophia.

Melvin Greene

Mr. Melvin Greene, 62, of Stanaford, died Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.



Amos Jay Hatfield

GILBERT — Amos Jay Hatfield, 86, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Masonic graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Godby Heights, Pecks Mill, with the Rev. Doug Pendleton officiating. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Online at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.



Frances M. Martin

CORLISS — Frances M. Martin of Corliss passed away Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013, at her home.

Born Aug. 4, 1925, at Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Grace McClelland Hiser.

Frances was a member of Russellville Baptist Church of Russellville and had worked as a beautician for many years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, C. Brooks Martin, in 2003; a son, George Franklin Martin; a sister, Cammie Sevy; and a brother, Herbert L. Hiser.

Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Cammie Simms and husband, Dennis, of Hilton Village; a son, Herbert B. Martin of Hilton Village; two grandsons, Jeremy Simms and wife, Andrea, and Anthony Simms; two great-grandchildren, Sophie and Henry Simms; several nieces and nephews and other extended family.

Special thanks to her caregivers, Marsha Adams, Janette Brown, Ann Smith, Mary Sue Lane, and Sue Aldridge.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle, with Pastor Ted Champe officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery at Corliss.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.



Linda Louise Nugen

Linda Louise Nugen, age 62, of Shady Spring, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at her home following a long illness.

Born on April 3, 1951, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Smith and Macie Meadows Smith of Shady Spring.

Mrs. Nugen was a lifelong resident of Shady Spring, where she and her husband Raymond built a home and lived until he passed away in 2008. She was a homemaker for many years as well as a receptionist for Saunders Staffing and Plateau Medical Center. She wanted to remain in her home until the very last day. Her wishes were fulfilled on Wednesday morning. She will now join her beloved husband and son.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Nugen and by her son, Lee Nugen.

Mrs. Nugen is survived by daughter, Andrea Testerman and son-in-law Nathan Testerman of Shady Spring; two grandchildren, Colton and Camille Testerman, and her sister, JoAnn Wood and her brother-in-law Frank Wood of Glade Springs, Daniels.

On Friday, June 14, 2013, there will be a visitation from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with services beginning at 3 p.m. Pastor Don Kelly will be officiating the services. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Pallbearers will be family and friends. 

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Mary Belle Selvey Ellsmore Shumaker

FAYETTEVILLE — Mary Belle Selvey Ellsmore Shumaker, 86, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Fayette Nursing & Rehab Center, Fayetteville, following an extended illness.

Born on March 1, 1927, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Perry H. and Lida A. Amick Selvey.

Mary Belle was a retired administrator for C&O Railroad Credit Union in Hagerstown, MD.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Ellsmore; second husband, George Shumaker; and sisters, Betty Potter, Kathleen Hesse, and Sarah Lee Cottle.

Survivors include her nephew, William Hesse Jr. and his wife Linda of Bluefield, WV; niece, Janet Hesse of Arizona; longtime friend and caregiver, Frances Sizemore and her husband Terry of Fayetteville, Wanda Ball of Oak Hill and Doris Goins of Oak Hill.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Huse Memorial Park in Fayetteville, with Rev. Clare Sulgit-Horn officiating.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Shumaker family, you may do so by visiting our website at www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made in Mary Belle’s memory to Fayetteville United Methodist Church Community Food Pantry, PO Box 33, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.



Mary Stokes

FAYETTEVILLE — Mary Stokes 56, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Arrangements pending by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.



Quincy Darrell ‘Bubbles’ Thompson

Quincy Darrell “Bubbles” Thompson, 82, of Coal City, formerly of Glade Springs and Ocala, Fla., died Sunday, June 9, 2013, after a long illness.

Darrell was born in Devil’s Fork (now Stephenson), West Virginia, the son of the late Wesley Thompson and Oka Naomi Meador Thompson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Kathleen Thompson, and two sisters, Patricia Lee Thompson Farley and Wilma Ruth Thompson Jones.

He was a 1948 graduate of Stoco High School, where he played football and baseball, and earned as associate’s degree from the former Beckley College.

Darrell was postmaster for Coal City for more than 35 years. He served as regional vice president of the National Association of Postmasters and was president of the Raleigh County Association of Postmasters for many years. He was instrumental in organizing the Coal City Volunteer Fire Department, served on the board of directors for Gulf Family Clinic, and worked for the Stoco High School scholarship fund. He eagerly looked forward to the Stoco Communities Reunion each summer, and never tired of working to improve his beloved Coal City area. Before he became postmaster he was a coal miner.

Although he lost his leg in a mining accident when he was 19, Darrell never wasted time in self-pity. He was energetic and outgoing, and usually had a smile on his face and a joke ready to tell. People he met didn’t stay strangers for long. He will be missed by scores of family members, friends, and others whose lives were touched and brightened by Darrell Thompson.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Lynn Thompson of Coal City and Leigh Ann Thompson Venable of Sophia; one granddaughter, Rebecca Adrianne Herron Thrift and her husband Thomas of Midlothian, VA.; two great-grandchildren, Canaan Edward Thrift and Kyelin Summers Thrift, also of Midlothian, Va.; sister, Erma Jean Thompson Ayers Allen of Beckley, and brother-in-law, Eddie Jones of Coal City; brother- and sister-in-law, Edward and Dixie Blankenship of Spanishburg; he also leaves behind 21 nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Darrell’s final wishes, he was cremated.

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Darrell will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley. There will be no prior visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Thompson Memorial Scholarship at Independence High School, 800 Independence Road, Coal City, WV 25823.

Private online condolences may be written to the family via www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.



Bernard ‘Bill’ Obie Wood

Bernard Obie “Bill” Wood, age 85, of Cool Ridge, went to rest in the Arms of Jesus on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He was a former employee of Vecellio and Grogan.

Born on April 4, 1928, at Ellison Ridge, W.Va., he was the son of the late Posey and Clara Lawson Wood. Bill was saved and baptized on September 3, 1961. He served as clerk at the Salem Primitive Baptist Church since June 3, 1972, and was ordained as a deacon since May 6, 1989.

Bill loved the Lord and his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Freda Pack Wood; a son Darrell Wood and his wife Eva of Olivia, N.C.; a daughter Diana Hamilton and her husband J.B. of Cool Ridge; a grandson, Steven Hamilton of Charlotte, N.C.; a granddaughter, Shane Holt and her husband John of Cool Ridge; a brother, Orville Wood and his wife Pauline of Michigan; six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Tyler, Brandon, Brittany, Kayla, and Daisy. Countless friends and family also survive.

Bill was preceded in death by a grandson, Ray Wood; three sisters, Nola Lane, Ordellia Hatcher, and Orma Wood, and by seven brothers, Sheldon, Clemon, John, Glen “Jack,” Daly, Donzie, and Palma Wood.

Funeral services will be held at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 3 p.m., with Elder Jerry McGrady and Pastor Larry Cochran officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount View Cemetery at Cool Ridge.

Friends may visit with the family from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be six amazing family members and friends.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Hazel Workman

SUMMERSVILLE — Hazel Workman, 86, of Summersville, passed away Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Walker Memorial Park at Summersville.

Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville is in charge of arrangements.



Freda B. Young

CHARLESTON — Freda B. Young (affectionately known as “Granny”), 102, formerly of Russellville, W.Va., currently residing in Charleston, W.Va., went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 4, 1911.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Owen “Shorty” Young, three sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by her daughters Sarah Christenson of Charleston and Margaret Ann Blankenship of Orlando, Fla., and her son Jim Young (Ellen) of Charleston, nine  grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

Granny was an inspiration to all who met her. She was a woman of great faith who enjoyed reading her Bible daily. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. She is rejoicing in her heavenly home where she was so graciously received by her loving Father.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Hubbard Hospice House-West at Thomas Memorial Hospital for their care and support during this time.

Service will be held on Saturday, June 15th, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Mike Loudermilk officiating. The family will receive visitors two hours prior to the funeral. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV 25300.

Online condolences may be sent to wallaceandwallacefh.com.

Wallace and Wallace of Ansted is in charge of the arrangements.