The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 3, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Vera Cerena Applegate

GHENT — Vera Cerena Applegate, age 91, of Flat Top Road, Ghent, WV, passed away Monday morning, December 2, 2013, at the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley, WV.

Born February 25, 1922, at Ghent, WV, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie Dee Sweeney and Esta Maggie (Williams) Sweeney.

Her husband of 58 years, Roy L. Applegate, preceded her in death in May 1995. Sisters, Lelia E. Cottle and Joy I. Hale, and a brother Alvin D. Sweeney also preceded her in death.

A lifelong resident of Ghent, she was a member of the Ghent Missionary Baptist Church and was the owner/operator of Vera’s Beauty Shop for many years.

Surviving are four daughters, Pattie M. Fraley (Tom) of Moorefield, WV, Seretha F. Mills of Pittsboro, IN, Darfane L. Ramsey (Mike Richmond) of Cool Ridge, WV, and Beebee D. Shrewsbury (Basil) of Odd, WV, two sons, Stanley E. Applegate of Barstow, WV, and “Zeke” Applegate of Ghent, WV; a brother, Lonnie L. Sweeney of Beckley, WV; fourteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home’s Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring, WV. Interment will follow at the Tom Lilly Cemetery, Flat Top, WV.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of services at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

As an expression of sympathy, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Tribute Program, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Condolences to the family may be left at Mrs. Applegate’s obituary at or

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

Wayne Lewis Atkinson

LEWISBURG — Wayne Lewis Atkinson of Lewisburg, West Virginia, passed away on December 1, 2013.

He was born February 19, 1946, son of Frank and Edith Atkinson.

He is survived by his wife, Ernestine A. Atkinson, his son, Gregory L. Atkinson (Elaina), their children, Theo and Nate, of Hurricane, West Virginia; his daughter Rebecca A. Blake and her children, Haley and John, of Alderson, West Virginia. Also survived by his brothers, Steve Atkinson (Nancy) of Clarksburg, West Virginia, and Mike Atkinson of Mooresville, North Carolina.

Mr. Atkinson was a graduate of Lewisburg High School in 1964, a graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Also a graduate of Cumberland University and Bluefield State University.

He was a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, past president of the WVU School of Pharmacy Alumni Association, president of the American Association of Consult Pharmacists.

He was employed by the Rainelle Medical Center and the Joint Commission as a Health Care Facility Surveyor.

He was a founding member, Elder and Sunday School Teacher of Edgewood Presbyterian Church.

A member of the Board of American Association of Geriatric Pharmacists, Board of Seneca Mental Health and the Board of Hospice of Greenbrier County.

The Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, at the Edgewood Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wayne Atkinson Scholarship Fund at Edgewood Presbyterian Church at 162 Harper Road, Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

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