The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 25, 2008

Obituaries - Saturday, July 26, 2008


Hester Evelyn Adkins

LAYLAND — Hester Evelyn Adkins, 87, of Chestnut Knob Road, Layland, died Wednesday morning, July 23, 2008, at her home, following a long illness.

Born June 28, 1921, at Highland Mountain in Fayette County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Flura Boone and Sarah Margaret Smith.

She was a member of Chestnut Knob Community Church of Layland.

Mrs. Adkins was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a homemaker.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe William Adkins, in 1987; two sons, Roscoe Lee and Russell William Adkins; one sister, Myrtle Irvin; and two brothers, Clyde and Stanley Smith.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Wriston of Maplefork; foster daughter, Veronica Marckel of Defiance, Ohio; three sisters, Dorothy Ewing of Layland, June Pennington of Danese, and Patricia Adkins of Mount Hope; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2008, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Pastor John Hart officiating. Burial will follow in the Layland Cemetery, Layland.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. (today) Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Rainelle.

Lawrence ‘Buzzy’ Edward Asbury Sr.

Lawrence E. Asbury Sr., affectionately known as “Buzzy,” went home to his final resting place on July 24, 2008, at the age of 56, following an extended illness.

Buzzy was born June 4, 1952, in a place called Bury, W.Va.

Preceding him in death were his loving wife, Linda Asbury; a brother, George Asbury Jr. “Hutsy”; a nephew, Jeremy Asbury “Huck”; and his grandparents.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Belinda Martin and her husband, Rusty, of Oak Hill, Darrell Asbury and his wife, Debbie, of Lester, Lawrence Asbury Jr. “Eddie” and his wife, Eve, of Raleigh, Sissy Gail and her husband, Tony, of Mabscott, Anthony Asbury “Brother Rabbit” and his wife, Lisa, of MacArthur, Talina “Chickeybelle” of Coal City, Olympia “Limpydawn” and her husband, Joey, of Shady Spring, Brittany “Honeybear” of Coal City, Keeten Asbury “Kit Kat” of Montcalm, Kisha Gail of Coal City; a loving companion, Rose Jackson of Montcalm; both loving parents, George and Dollie Asbury of Sophia; brothers, Mark, Timmy and Gary Asbury; sisters, Rita Basham, Zita Mudock, Lita Lyons; and many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Also left to cherish his memory are his wonderful, loving grandchildren, Kevin Jr., Heather, Crystal, Kaitlin, Bubbie, Miranda, Lil Eddie, Lil Heather, Jessica, Josh, Miracle, Breanna, Lilly, Joseph, Haley, Shannon, Rachel, Allen, Megan, Lindsey, Stephanie, Katie; two great-grandchildren, Lil Joshie and Baby Gracie; and many friends who loved him including his very special friends from Montcalm Music Center.

Buzzy enjoyed music, fishing, singing, but mostly loved being with his family. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Rose and Quesenberry Chapel, Shady Spring, with the Rev. Mike Murdock officiating. Burial will follow in the Basham-Lilly Cemetery, Lester.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home in Shady Spring.

Serving as pallbearers will be Eddie, Anthony, Darrell, and Lil Eddie Asbury, Kevin Williams Jr., Tony Underwood, Joey Dye, Rusty Martin, and T.J. Underwood.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Shady Spring.

Bertha Alice Basham

Bertha Alice Basham, 87, of Ellison Ridge passed away July 24, 2008, at her home following a long illness.

Born March 12, 1921, at Ellison Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth Wills Okes. A lifelong resident of Summers County and a member of the Bluestone Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Basham, and five brothers.

Survived by two daughters, Mary Hall of White Oak and Melba Basham at home; seven sons, Junior Basham at home, Benny Basham of Jumping Branch, Darrell Basham of Nimitz, Bobby Basham of Cool Ridge, Donald Basham of Nimitz, Harold Basham of Jumping Branch and Roy Basham of Jumping Branch; six sisters, Estelle Thompson, Mary Dorsey, Kathryn Dam-eron, Monnie Lilly, Pansy Ellison and Lula Belle Okes; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2008, at the Bluestone Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Fox officiating. Burial will follow in the Basham Family Cemetery on Panther’s Knob. Friends may call from 4 to 5 p.m. at the church on Sunday.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice, 540 N. Jefferson St., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Condolences may be sent to the family at info@ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Daniel Thomas Jeffreys

Daniel Thomas Jeffreys, age 19, of Beaver, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2008, as the result of an ATV accident.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia Modley

Patricia Modley, age 69, of Beckley, died Friday, July 25, 2008, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a short illness.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Bilton Morgan

TALCOTT — Bilton Morgan, 77, of Talcott, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008, at the Beckley VA Medical Center in Beckley following a long illness.

Born Aug. 13, 1930, in Wyoming County, he was the son of the late Sherman and Cora Etta Morgan.

Mr. Morgan was of the Protestant faith. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, during the Korean War, and was a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twin granddaughters, Ashley and Amanda Morgan; one brother, Sherman Morgan; two sisters, Francis Yeager and Edna Tolda.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Norma Jean Morgan of the residence; five sons, Michael West of Hanover, Greg Morgan and wife Debbie of Elkton, Md., Bobby Morgan and wife Audra of Perryville, Md., Hugh West of the residence, and Bilton DeWayne Morgan and fiancee, Rita Thompson of Maryland; three daughters, Susan Morgan of Hinton, Marsha Hatfield of Hanover, and Michelle Basham of Hinton; three sisters, Claire Tilley of Glover, Marie Hill of Brenton, and Opal Hill of Elkton, Md.; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Calfee Funeral Service in Pineville with the Rev. Donald “Doc” Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Beaver Family Cemetery at Baileysville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Online guest book may be signed at www.calfeefuneralservice.com or e-mail condolences to the Morgan family at calfeefuneralservice@stei.com.

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Morgan family.

Roberta Mae Neff

NETTIE — Roberta Mae Neff, 93, of Nettie, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2008, at the home of her niece, following a short illness.

Born May 25, 1915, on Beauty Mountain in Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Henry Amos and Cora Elizabeth Kincaid Comer.

Roberta was a homemaker and attended the Newton Memorial Baptist Church in Charmco.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Odra Neff, in 1993; a son, Tommy Comer; a niece, who had taken care of her, Delores Lively; three sisters, Susie Comer, Gracie Bryant Grana, and Lydia Bryant Bailes; four brothers, Henry Amos Comer, Bill Comer, James Samuel Bryant and Johnny Bryant.

She is survived by nieces, Rhonda Helems and Patsy Bailes, who were her caregivers, as well as several other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 27, 2008, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle with Rev. Lee Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the Fields Cemetery in Nettie.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. (today) Saturday, July 26, at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Rainelle.

Cecil Ray Okes

NIMITZ — Cecil Ray Okes, 83, of Nimitz, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 24, 2008, at the Rocking Chair Residential Care following a long illness.

Born May 14, 1925, at Ellison, he was the son of the late Clarence and Elizabeth Wills Okes.

Cecil was a member of the Nimitz Missionary Baptist Church; he enjoyed gardening and caring for his yard. He was retired from Ford Motor Co. and during his early working years he had worked construction. This included the initial phase of the Bluestone Dam Construction.

Preceded in death by his wife, Wilma R. Hamrick Okes, in 1994; and four brothers, Kermit, Clinton, Lonnie and Joseph “Joe” Okes.

He is survived by one son, Edward Chrysler of Illinois; seven sisters, Alice Basham of Jumping Branch, who followed him in death on July 24, 2008, Mary Dorsey of Ghent, Monnie Lilly of Cool Ridge, Kathryn Dameron of Piney View, Pansy Ellison and husband William of Hopewell, Va., Estelle Thompson and husband Bill of Nimitz (with whom he had made his home for the past 14 years) and Lula Belle Okes of Nimitz; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Don Hannah officiating. Burial will follow in the Okes Family Cemetery at Ellison. Friends may call at the funeral parlors from 6 to 9 p.m. (today) Saturday. His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to thank the Bluestone Care Home and the Rockin Chair Residential Care for their continual care of Cecil during his illness.

Condolences may be sent to the family at info@ronaldmeadowsfp.com.

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.

Mary Rose Shumate Parsons

Mary Rose Parsons, age 86, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 24, 2008, in the Beckley Appala-chian Regional Hospital following an extended illness.

Born April 14, 1922, in Rush Run, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Vince L. and Hallie Snuffer Shumate.

Mrs. Parsons was a member of the First Christian Church in Beckley, a retired head bookkeeper of The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company and a member of the UFCW Local No. 400 in Charleston.

Mary Rose was a dedicated friend to many, always putting the needs of others before her own. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, John “Mack” Phillips; sisters, Eloise Broome and her husband, Junior, and Helen Slemp and her husband, Tom; brothers, Vince Junior Shumate and his wife, Imogene, William Richard Shumate and his wife, Wilma Lee, and a brother-in-law, Frank Ubeda Jr.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Reta J. Elkins and her fiance, John Maybin of Beckley, Wilma Sue Phillips of Monroe, N.C.; a sister, Anna Lee Ubeda of Beckley; grandchildren, Debra Green and her husband, Joey, of Monroe, N.C., Pamela Elk-ins and her husband, Tim Humphrey of Charleston, W.Va., and Kevin D. Elkins and wife, Angie, of Conover, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Amanda and Joshua Green of Monroe, N.C., and Joey and Jessie Elkins of Conover, N.C.; and numerous other family and friends.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Robert Barley officiating.

Visitation will be between 1 p.m. to 3 before the funeral. Entombment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be John Maybin, Tim Humphrey, Kevin D. Elkins, Frankie Ubeda, Joshua Green and Bill Shumate.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations of sympathy be made to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

Diana Kay Ramsey

ANSTED — Diana Kay Ramsey, 60, of Ansted, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at CAMC General Division Hospital.

Diana was born Oct. 2, 1947, in Romont, W.Va.; she was a daughter of the late Cecil H. and Ina Rachel Morton Bailey.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Michelle; an infant grandson, Sterling James; a sister, Judy Peck; and a brother, Roy Bailey.

Diana was a homemaker, a loving mother, grandmother and sister.

She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Ramsey of Beckwith; two sons, Sterling Ramsey and wife, Angel, of Scarbro and John Denzil Ramsey of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Sidnee Ramsey and Hannah Ramsey; three brothers, Kenneth Bailey of Ansted, Cecil Bailey and Herbert Bailey, both of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted, with Pastor Kenneth Hayes officiating. Entombment will follow at the Chapel of Rest Mausoleum in Victor.

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

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make donations to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses, Wallace & Wallace Inc., P.O. Box 335, Ansted, WV 25812.

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

Pamela K. Ramsey

RAINELLE — Pamela K. Ramsey, 51, of Rainelle, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at her home following a long illness.

Born Sept. 23, 1956, in Richwood, she was a daughter of Areeda Virginia O’Dell and the late Early “Bob” O’Dell.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Mountain Baptist Church of Carl.

Survivors include her husband, Clayton Ramsey of Rainelle; her mother, Areeda Virginia O’Dell of Nettie; and one son, Waylon Ramsey of Rainelle.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2008, at the Mountain Baptist Church in Carl with Rev. Mark Secrist officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Wallace & Wallace Chapel in Rainelle.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Inc. of Rainelle.

Harold Guy Riley

ARBOVALE — Harold Guy Riley, 76, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2008.

Private services will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Arbovale.

Chad Ellis Tabor

LOCKBRIDGE — Chad Ellis Tabor, 29, of Lockbridge, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008, in the Char-leston Area Medical Center, General Division, following a short illness.

Born on March 4, 1979, in Clifton Forge, Va., he was the son of James Tabor of Meadow Bridge and Ann Potter and Clay Neff of Clifton Forge, Va.

Chad was a 1997 graduate of Meadow Bridge High School and West Virginia University School of Technology, Montgomery, where he graduated with a degree in electronic engineering. He worked for Appalachian Power Company, Glasgow, and was a member of the Lockbridge United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son, Seaton Joel Tabor of Meadow Bridge; three brothers, Seth Tabor of Meadow Bridge, Dustin Potter of Covington and Daniel Potter of Tennessee; maternal grandparents, Homer and Cleo Gunter of Low Moor, Va.; maternal aunts and uncles, Jeff and Carrie Gunter, Robin and George Simpson, Gaye and Kester Dingus, all of Low Moor, Va., Bobby and Patty Gunter of Tennessee, Billy and Lisa Gunter of Salem, Va., and Lee and Connie Gunter of Covington, Va.; paternal aunts and uncles, Susan Tabor, John Tabor, Mary and Paul McClung, Willie and Donna Tabor, David and Mary Tabor, all of Meadow Bridge, and Etta and Paul Lively of Prince George, Va.; and many cousins and friends.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Roger Booth officiating. Burial will follow in the Gwinn Cemetery at Lockbridge.

Family will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. (today) Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Edmund Trent

On Thursday, July 24, 2008, Edmund Trent of Hoo Hoo Hollow, Lest-er, passed away in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. He was in his 82nd year.

Born Edmund Terrell Trent on Oct. 26, 1925, at Glen White, he was the seventh of nine children born to the late Harry Tucker and Nancy Katherine Payne Trent. Two sisters and four brothers also preceded him in death.

Edmund spent his childhood at Glen White and Alta Vista, Va. He settled in Hoo Hoo Hollow in 1948. A retired coal miner, Edmund had 38 years in the mining industry, retiring from Eastern Coal at Stotesbury. He was of the Christian faith. An avid hunter and gardener, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. When his children recall their father, they were the first to say, “He was a simple man, who led a simple life.” But to them, “He was awesome.”

Edmund was the beloved husband of Tavie Pearl Bolen Trent the past 63 years; the loving father of Wesley Trent and his companion Debbie Horton of Lester; Larry Trent and his wife Peggy of Dover, Del.; Nancy Fox of Sophia; Sherri Meadows and her husband Roy of Beckley and Gerald Trent and his companion Betty Smith of Lester; the doting grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; the dear brother of Hettie Bell of Craigsville; James Trent and his wife Josie of Newark, Del.; and the fond brother-in-law of Mary Trent of Hurt, Va.

On Sunday at 3 p.m., Edmund’s family and friends will celebrate his life at Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Dale Birchfield officiating. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. (today) Saturday at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services on Sunday.

Condolences may be mailed to the family at melton@wvdsl.net.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.