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.

Lucien Compton

BRIER CREEK — Lucien Compton, of Brier Creek, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Frederick Corbitt

SUMMERSVILLE — Frederick Corbitt, 60, of Summersville, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Chapman Cemetery at Canvas.

The Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville is in charge of arrangements.

Lila Groom

BOOMER — Mrs. Lila Groom, 83, of Boomer, died Nov. 4, 2011.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Nancy Lee Havert

Nancy Lee Havert, 71, of Lester, passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Murel Odell McKinney

PRINCETON — Murel Odell McKinney, 82, of the Eads Mill Road, Princeton, died early Thursday morning, November 3, 2011.

Born March 1, 1929, at Basin, he was the son of the late William Harris McKinney and Ruthie Francis McKinney.

Murel was educated in Wyoming County. He retired from Consolidated Coal Company, Buckeye operation, while serving in the coal industry for 27 years. He was a member of the U.M.W.A.

Murel was a member of Rich Creek Baptist Church at Spanishburg. He loved the outdoors, especially working in the gardens, planting and raising his fruit trees.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Carrie Kathleen Lusk McKinney, who died October 17, 2011, along with seven siblings: Kermit, Agnes, Violet, Clayton, Cleburn, Beatrice and Dathel.

Survivors include his three children and their spouses, Karen and Sidney L. Keaton, Gerald and Lynn McKinney, all of Princeton, and Yvonna and Mark Johnston of Lutz, Fla.; four grandchildren, Kimberly Keaton, Sidney Scott Keaton and wife Stephanie, Dr. Jason McKinney and wife Nana, Chad McKinney and wife Leanne; one brother, Grandville McKinney and wife Eleanor of Pineville, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2011, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with his son officiating, Pastor Gerald McKinney. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Friends are invited to visit with the family Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service hour.

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Serving as pallbearers will be Dr. Jason McKinney, Chad McKinney, Scott Keaton, Eugene Hurt, Rocky Sizemore and Steve Kidd.

The McKinney Family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Evangeline Meadows

Evangeline Meadows, 78, of Beckley, passed away Friday Nov. 4, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S. Kanawha St., Beckley.

Ethel Marie Miser

Ethel Marie Miser, 93, formerly of Glen Daniel, passed away Nov. 3, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion with Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Marquita Diana Moore

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ms. Marquita Diana Moore, 58, of Columbus, formerly of Summerlee, died Oct. 30, 2011.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Hand in Hand Mission in Summerlee.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Helen Madlyn ‘Mutt’ Morris

LOCKWOOD — Helen Madlyn “Mutt” Morris, 91, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Waters Funeral Chapel at Summersville with the Rev. Charles Bolen officiating. Burial will follow in the WV Memorial Gardens at Calvin. Friends may call one hour prior to the service Sunday at the funeral chapel.


Arrangements by Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Deloris Ann Nash

LORADO — Deloris Ann Nash, 67, of Lorado, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the Highland Memory Gardens at Godby with the Rev. Bobby Adkins officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man, where a church service will begin at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Bobby Adkins officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.

David Perdue II

On Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, one of God’s special angels was called to come be with him when our most loved David Perdue passed away at the Raleigh General Hospital.

Known affectionately as “Dukie” all his life, David Lewin Perdue II was the fourth of five children. He was the beloved and only son of David Lewin Perdue and Freda Ann Bailey Perdue, both of MacArthur. Born on July 5, 1977, at Beckley, he was 34 years of age. David was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Everett Perdue, and his maternal grandparents, Truman and Rosie Rakes Bailey.

David spent his childhood in the Beckley area. He was a great fan of country music, especially Ray Stevens. The world sometimes is blessed with special people and our David was one of them. They come here to teach us in their own special way what love, humility and patience is all about. David was one of those “Angels Unaware” in our midst. And then there comes a time…. God sends for this gift from Heaven, with this child sent from above comes stronger faith and richer love…

In addition to his parents those left to cherish his memory are his loving sisters, Eve Taylor of Brunswick, Ga., Tabitha Greenbrown of Arizona, Rosie Stowers and her husband, Greg, of Beckley and Amanda Acord and her husband Jr. of Lester; he was the fond grandson of his paternal grandmother, Helen Perdue of Crab Orchard; David was blessed to have his faithful caregiver, Mark Richmond, in his life. Mark was like a brother to David. A large extended family survives of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

On Sunday, November 6th, 2011, at 2 p.m. we will remember the life of David Hicks with a “Service Of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Okey Slate will be officiating. David will then be laid to rest in the Jennings-Stowers Cemetery at Odd. The family will receive friends from noon until the hour of the service.

Thank you, God, for our David.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley.

Donald Gene Peters

DOTHAN — Donald Gene Peters, 71, of Dothan, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Tyree Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Darrell Fuller officiating. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Oak Hill. Friends may call one hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Elizabeth Roseblock

SCARBRO — Elizabeth Roseblock, 80, of Scarbro, passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Boyd Steele

LINDSIDE — Boyd Steele, 82, of Lindside, passed away November 3, 2011, at Princeton Community Hospital after a long illness.

Born April 4, 1929, in Iaeger, he was a son of the late Harrison and Louisa Vance Steele.

Mr. Steele was a retired coal miner; he was also preceded in death by four brothers, Ance, David, Acy and Estil Steele, and sisters Myrtle Shirley and Ethel Wimmer.

Boyd is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lillian Steele of the home, daughters Wanda Galford and husband Roger of Lindside, Linda Langford and husband Michael of Prosperity, S.C., and sons Keister “Butch” and wife Jum Steele of Michigan, Clarence England of Clinton, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Marcus Galford of Lindside, Revonda Adams of Princeton, Wendy Watson of Pelion, S.C., Allen and Joy Steele of Mooresville, N.C., Mellissa and husband Josh Stearns of Weaver, Ala., and Brenda and husband Jeff Lee of Kentucky; ten great-grandchildren, Britani Watson of Columbia, S.C., Aya Steele of Mooresville, N.C., Damien and Cassidy Adams of Princeton, Lexie Callahan of Weaver, Ala., Trey, Alicia and Dylan Galford, Austin Moore, all of Lindside, Patrick Jones of Huntington, W.Va., Nicole Lee of Kentucky; one brother, Bittle (Mid) Steele; one sister, Rosa Gabriel of New York; sister-in-law Mable Steele of Princeton, numerous nephews and nieces and his loving pet Jill.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Wickline Funeral Home in Lindside with Pastor Bob Mann officiating. Burial will follow at Keaton Cemetery on Cooks Run Road in Lindside.

Family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wickline Funeral Home.

Funeral Arrangements by Wickline Funeral Home of Lindside.

Joseph ‘Joe’ Tallarico

SOUTH MAN — Joseph “Joe” Tallarico, 85, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man with the most Rev. Father John McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Joe’s friends and family are welcome to visit an hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man is in charge of the arrangements.

Shary L. Walker

Shary L. Walker, age 46, loving friend, mother, and wife, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at her home in Beckley.

Shary was born on August 24, 1965, in Owosso, Mich.; she was the daughter to Doyle and Beverly Cates Kitchell of Palm Desert, Calif.

Shary leaves behind her husband of 25 years, T.H. Walker of Beckley; a son, Wessley, and a daughter, Helana, both students at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. A brother, Doyle Kitchell Jr. and his wife Phyllis of Bath, Mich., and a sister, Cindy and her husband Greg Peters of Marietta, Calif. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where she was a medical services specialist. Shary was a prayer warrior of Christ Jesus, whom she loved whole-heartedly. She had touched many lives, and also prayed constantly for many. Shary was a member of Star Ministries at Daniels.

Funeral services to Celebrate the Life of Shary L. Walker will be conducted at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley on Monday, November 7, 2011, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Al Painter officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family from noon until service time on Monday.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at

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