The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 5, 2011

Obituaries — Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011

Gerald Richard Adkins

LOOKOUT — Gerald Richard Adkins, 78, of Lookout, went home to be with the Lord on November 2, 2011.

Born at Clifty, W.Va., on November 26, 1932, he was the son of the late Lewis Elliot and Lillie Adkins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Adkins; a daughter, Phyllis Ramona Adkins Skruggs; three brothers, Vernon, Cecil B., and Albert Frank; three sisters, Ada Hughes Donnelson, Lucille Dix, and Reva Martin.

Mr. Adkins served in the United States Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955 in the 101st Airborne Division and in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from 1956 to 1959. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed gospel bluegrass music.

He is survived by four sisters, Retha “Sissy” Gray, Zela Armstrong, Olivene Bennett and Rosie Ramsey; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, June Houchins.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 6, 2011, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Gene Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, PO Box 335, Ansted, WV 25812, to help defray the funeral expenses of Mr. Adkins.

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

Oliver L. Bishop

BUD MOUNTAIN — Oliver Lee Bishop, 70, of Bud Mountain, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, following an extended illness.

Born November 20, 1940, on Bud Mt., he was the son of the late Opal Ruby and William Harrison Bishop.

Oliver was a longtime member of UMWA and he was a former coal mine electrician retiring from Kitchekan Fuel.

Oliver was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Among his many loves were picking guitar with friends, hunting, fishing, the great outdoors, and spending time with his beloved brother, Wayne.

Oliver’s hobbies included sitting hours at a time in his “Toyota” whittling and watching mother nature. You would often see him sitting on Bobs Branch, Jug Hollow, and Bud watching squirrels and other “wildlife.”

Waiting for him in Heaven are his beloved parents, Ruby and Harrison Bishop, and sister, Linda Mae Reed.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 45 years, Joyce; two daughters, Melissa Lee Wood and Randy Clay of Whitesville and Teresa Bishop of Bud; four grandchildren, Jessica and Roger Lee Clay of Pettry Bottom, Danielle “Nikki” Bishop and Calvin Bennett of Bud, Ryan Cody “Bones” Bishop of Bud, and Stephanie Dawn Wood of Whitesville; three great-grandchildren, LeaShawn and Emilee Clay, Roger Lee “Bubby” Clay, and expecting the fourth great-grandchild in January; two brothers, Monty and Loretta Bishop of Cleveland, Okla., and Wayne and Louise Bishop of Bud; eight sisters, Betty Mills of Basin, Lola McKinney of Amigo, Velma and Eugene Whitt of Basin, Dorothy and Jack Romine of Hominy, Okla., Judy Lambert and Ben Goforth of Ferguson, N.C., Nancy and Gordon Pendry of Sanford, N.C., Mary and George Mullens of Crouch’s Farm, Kathy and Danny Dunn of Beckley; host of nieces and nephews and had a special relationship with Jennifer and Tessie; two sisters-in-law, Glady and Mason Lester of Bud and Goldie and Harold Lester of Bud; extended family, Jaunita Hunter, Brianna Parker, and Caitlyn Foley of Garwood; special friends, Jimmy Lambert, Nathan Rowe, Paul Sizemore, Dick Green, Bill Burks, John Perdue, Randy Lester, Bob O’Neal, Claude Raye, Joe Colbird, Roger Moran, Sammy Shrewsbury, and Mr. Sandy.

Oliver loved each of his grandchildren more like a father than a grandfather. A special mention to “Bones” as he was his only grandson and sidekick.

Services will be today, November 5, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Edward Beckner officiating. Burial will follow at The Old Home Place, Bud Mt.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

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