The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 2, 2009

Obituaries Friday, October 2, 2009


Estel Adkins Sr.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, Heaven opened its doors for Estel Adkins. He peacefully left this world to rest in the arms of Jesus with his family by his side.

Born on Feb. 3, 1938, at Keyrock, he was the son of the late William “Bill” and Susie Beverly Adkins.

Mr. Adkins was of the Baptist faith and a retired coal miner from Consolidated Coal Crop., Itmann Mine. He loved camping, hunting, water skiing, boating, playing horseshoes and being with his family. For the last 13 years, he enjoyed being with his extended family at the Red Rock Campground in Forest Hill. He also loved his faithful friends, Princess and Cody.

Welcoming him in Heaven in addition to his parents, was a son, Ronnie Adkins; a grandson, James Sizemore Jr.; a granddaughter, Jessica Adkins; three brothers, Ott, Jess and Cleve Adkins; and a sister, Corby Morgan.

Estel left behind the love of his life and best friend of 53 years, Maggie Dillon Adkins; four sons, Estel “Eddie” Adkins and his wife, Lynne, of Keyrock, Mike Adkins of Keyrock, Greg Adkins and his wife, Annie, of Keyrock and Darrell Adkins and his wife, Sherry, of Chester, Va.; a daughter, Sandra Sizemore and her husband, James, of Keyrock; two brothers, Roger Adkins of Chicago, Ill., and Tommy Adkins of Keyrock; four sisters, Virgie England of Gulf Fork, Myrtle Hamm of Keyrock, Lou Adkins of Gulf Fork and Helen Tolliver of Pineville; 16 grandchildren; Jamie Roberts and her husband, Tracy, Josh, Jaclyn and Julie Adkins, Mike and Aaron Adkins, Chrissy Sims, Tosha Martin, Krisalyn Adkins, Penny Jones, Cindy Adkins, D.J. Adkins, Heather Adkins, Amanda Adkins, Stephanie Adkins, Sasha Sizemore and fiancée, Bryan Lafferty; 13 great-grandchildren; and special family members, Barbara Duty and Teresa Adkins.

Estel’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Southern West Virginia homeside nursing staff for their care, especially Cookie Runyon, Kimmie Allen and Joey Hodges.

A celebration of Estel’s life will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Ricky Lusk officiating. Burial will follow in Privett Family Cemetery, Keyrock. Family will serve as pallbearers. Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Estel’s name to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802.

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

Calfee Funeral Service of Pineville is serving the Adkins family.





Nancy ‘Redd’ Beasley

DETROIT, Mich. — Mrs. Nancy “Redd” Beasley, 78, of Detroit, Mich., formerly of East Gulf, W.Va., died Sept. 23, 2009, in a Detroit hospital. By her request, she was cremated.

She was the sister of Hazel Redd and John D. Redd Jr., of Beckley.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in Detroit.

Submitted by Durgan Funeral Services.





Jacquoline M. Cadle

Jacquoline M. Cadle, age 77, went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, Sept. 30, 2009, after a short illness.

A resident of Coal City for the past five years, Mrs. Cadle lived the majority of her married life in Craigsville, W.Va. She was born to Albert Jackson Hanshew and Alva Puckett Hanshew in Danese, on Oct. 23, 1931.

Known to all as Jackie, she was the devoted wife of Elder Ernest E. Cadle of Coal City for nearly 63 years, and the loving mother of four daughters. She was a devout member and pastor’s wife of Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church of Trout Valley, W.Va., for many years.

Survivors include her husband; her daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Bob Taylor of Cross Junction, Va., Melba June Marx of Beckley, Vickie and Joe Blevins of Arnett, W.Va., and Connie Cadle of Coal City.

Her brothers and sisters-in-law, Bub and Dot Hanshew of Haslett, Mich., Lester Darrel and Evelyn Hanshew of Ramsey, W.Va., Danny and Sue Hanshew of Braselton, Ga., and Sammy and Debbie Hanshew of Beckley; one sister, Regina Stewart of Summersville, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 3, 2009, at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Elders Joe Blevins, Keith Mills and Vernon Wood officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may call at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley, from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Pallbearers will be the grandsons and grandsons-in-law. Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.





Mary Crum

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — Mary “Peggy” Crum, 63, of Glen Burnie, Md., formerly of Beckley, died Sept. 23, 2009, at her residence following a six-month battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 7, 1945, in Beckley to the late Roy and Marguerite Hankins.

She worked for 10 years for NASA as a computer analyst. She loved going to the movies and babysitting her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Robert Ray Crum.

She is survived by her daughter, Stacey Wirth of Baltimore, Md.; two grandsons, Damian and Devin Wirth, both of Baltimore; sisters, Alma Rae Pack of MacArthur, Donna Hitchens of Wytheville, Va., Nancy Rose of Cincinnati, Ohio, Terri Sutton of Wala Wala, Wash., Tomi Peck of Beckley and Kim Peck of MacArthur; brothers Bill Peck of Conyers, Ga., James Peck, Harold Peck and Michael Peck all of MacArthur, Mark Peck of Princeton and Steve Peck of Beckley.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Sept. 27 at Singleton Funeral and Cremation Services in Glen Burnie, Md.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy., Annapolis, MD 21401.

For condolences, please visit www.singletonfuneralhome.com.





William ‘Bill’ Edward Griffith

William E. Griffith, age 56, of Cool Ridge, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Bowers Hospice House following a long battle with cancer.

Born on April 6, 1953, in Beckley, he was the son of Calvin and Helen Meador Griffith of Cool Ridge.

Bill was self-taught in many fields and was a brilliant mechanic. Bill’s last employment was a self-employed contractor for Robbins, Inc., constructing and servicing Long Wall Miners. Bill was a member of the Beckley Gun Club and was of the Baptist faith.

Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing but his favorite pastime was “tinkering” in his garage to restore old cars with his own personal flair. He was in the process of restoring an old truck for his son, Ryan.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of twenty years, Gina Ann Mills Griffith of Cool Ridge; a son, Ryan Griffith at home; a brother, Jeff and his wife Michelle of Cool Ridge; a sister, Connie Pricer and her husband Gene of Dublin, Ga.; two nieces; three nephews; many other family and friends too numerous to mention; a very special friend to our family, Johnny Lawson, whose caring and compassion for Bill during his illness, was truly appreciated and will never be forgotten.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Daniels Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Jack Thomas officiating.

Friends may call on the family from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Burial will follow in Skaggs Cemetery in Shady Spring.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Christian, Mauro DiLorenzo, Keith Griffith, Charlie Hawley, Johnny Lawson and Timmy Smith.

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

In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to the family at PO Box 22, Cool Ridge, WV 25825.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Shady Spring.





Anna Lucille Meador

Anna Lucille Meador, age 84, of Beckley, died Wednesday September 30, 2009 at the Heartland of Beckley Nursing Home following a short illness.

Born on November 2, 1924 at Beckley, she was the daughter of the late W.R. Meador and Marie Williams Meador.

Miss Meador was a homemaker, and a care giver to her late parents. She had lived in Beckley all of her life.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Donald, Charles, and William Meador and sisters, Maxine Mize Wolff and Irene Kolonich

Miss Meador was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are four nieces, Shelby Walker and husband O.D. Walker of Shady Spring, Patricia Stone of Shady Spring, Donna Saddler and husband William of Monkton, Md., Connie Ash and husband Frederick of Perry Hall, Md.; eight nephews, Carl Meador and wife Susie of Montgomery, Dempsey Meador and wife Norma of New Jersey, Glenn Meador and wife Charlotte of New Jersey, Richard Mize and wife Barbara of Baltimore, Md., Larry Mize and wife Grace of Bel Air, Md., Bobby Kolonich and wife Lynn of Leesburg, Va., Charles Meador and wife Wendy of Baltimore, Md., and Allen Meador and wife Andrea of Baltimore, Md.; many great nieces and nephews also survive.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 3, 2009 at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Rev. Dennis Epperly officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Larry and Richard Mize, Dempsey and Glenn Meador, Kevin Stone, David Daniel, and Carl Meador.

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

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.





Norman Nutter

RAINELLE — Norman O. Nutter, 84, of Rainelle, passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea following a short illness.

Born on Aug. 4, 1915, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Joseph E. “Gene” and Opal Cook Nutter.

Mr. Nutter owned and operated a wrecker service, Service and Parts, in Rainelle for many years.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Jeanette Nutter Holt.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ryta Belcher Nutter; one son, Kevin Nutter of Rainelle; one daughter, April Nutter Curtin of Pittsburgh, Pa.; three grandchildren, Brent Curtin of Ind., Todd Curtin and Darragh Curtin, both of Pittsburgh; a maternal uncle to whom he was very close, Keith Cook of Rainelle; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Vondie Cook and Pastor Bennie Kenney officiating. Entombment will be in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

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

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.





Rodney H. Pack

ALDERSON — Rodney H. Pack, 73, of Alderson, W.Va., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley.

Rodney was born October 31, 1935 at Jumping Branch, and was a resident of Alderson for the last 48 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hershel Pack; mother, Susie Cochran Pack; and an infant son, Rodney H. Pack II. He is survived by his wife, Dana Stanley Pack of Alderson. Rodney and Dana celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August.

Rodney was a graduate of Hinton High School and received his bachelor’s degree from WV Institute of Technology in 1957, where he was a member of Beta Kappa Chi Fraternity. He retired as executive vice president of Acme Limestone Company after more than 40 years. He was a past president of Raleigh Ready Mix & Asphalt and Superior Supply Company and former vice president of Superior Ready-Mix Concrete. Rodney served a term as chairman of the Associate Division of West Virginia Contractors and head of the Joint Cooperative Committee for WV DOT and WV Contractors. He served a term as president of the Flexible Pavement Council of WV; was a former owner and president of Simmons Building Specialties; president of Wolf Creek Corporation; and previously served on the board of directors of First National Bank of Alderson, Greenbrier Valley National Bank, Allegheny Bank Shares, Horizon Bank Shares and City National Bank.

He was a long time member of the Alderson Rotary Club, where he was past president and permanent secretary and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Rodney was also a member of the Alderson Lions Club and Greenbrier Valley Shriners Club. He was Past Master and Treasurer of Alderson Masonic Lodge No. 70 AF & AM, past District Deputy Grand Master of the 7th Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of WV, was a 32˚ Mason with the Charleston Valley Scottish Rite and a member of the Beni Kedem Shrine of Charleston. He had served on both Alderson City Council and Greenbrier County Planning Commission. Rodney was a charter member of the Alderson 4th of July Committee. He was a member of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson, where he was a trustee and had served in many capacities including Chairman of the Official Board, deacon, Sunday School teacher and choir member. Rodney had been past president of the Greenbrier Association of the WV Baptist Convention and served on the executive board of the WV Baptist Convention. He served his country for 6 years in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church in Alderson, with Dr. Bill Bryan, the Rev. Alvie Edwards and the Rev. Roger Adams officiating. Alderson Masonic Lodge No. 70 AF & AM will serve as pallbearers and conduct Masonic graveside rites. Nephews and cousins will serve as honorary pallbearers. Burial will follow at the Lilly/Crews Cemetery, Nimitz, W.Va. The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, and friends may call one hour prior to services at the Church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Rodney to the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 456, Alderson, WV 24910.

Arrangements provided by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va.





Mary Elizabeth Gore Perry

MCCONNELL — Mary Elizabeth Gore Perry, 81, of McConnell, passed away Thursday Oct. 1, 2009 at her daughter’s residence.

Friends may call on the family on Friday Oct. 2, 2009, starting at 6 p.m. at the McConnell Tabernacle in McConnell.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 3, 2009, at the church with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill, W.Va.

For e-mail condolences go www.honakerfuneralhome.org.

Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.





Joel J. ‘Joey’ Plumley

Joel J. “Joey” Plumley, age 45, of 140 Boeing Street, Beckley, W.Va., died Sunday Sept. 27, 2009, at his home following a sudden illness.

Born on Aug. 16, 1964, at Hinton, W.Va., he was the son of Robert Plumley, of Abraham, and the late Aveline Plumley.

Joey was a plumber, having been employed by Elliott Contracting at the Welch Prison. He was a former employee of Maxwell and Keyser, and Modley’s Plumbing. He was also a former gas station attendant at Worley’s Exxon and Lively’s Exxon and was formerly employed as a plumber with his good friend, Carman Salango.

Joey was a member of the Skelton Freewill Baptist Church, where he re-dedicated his life and was baptized on July 26, 2009.

He was preceded in death by an infant child in 1999, and by two infant brothers and three infant sisters.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Freda Plumley, at home; five brothers, Robert Plumley Jr. and wife, Linda, of Cleveland, Ohio; Jerry Ray “Buck” Plumley of Abraham; Jarrell Lee Plumley and wife, Linda, of Cool Ridge, Jonathan Plumley and wife, Alice, of Shady Spring, Jerome “Bubby” Plumley and wife, Dorena, of Bradley; four sisters, Geretha Kelly and husband, Russell, of Wytheville, Va., Avelou “Tudy” Plumley and husband, Emery, of Cool Ridge, Jewell Plumley of Shady Spring, Ceretha Farley and her husband, Jerry, of Cool Ridge; and several nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.

He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Darlie and Anna Pearl Plumley of Abraham.

Joey was fond of his special pets, Baby, Pugsley, Free-Free, Gracey, Precious, Sunshine, Speckles and Stinky.

Joey’s hobbies included cooking, which he dearly loved, racing motorcycles, riding four-wheelers, deer hunting and enjoying his church where he sang in the choir and helped do things for the church.

Joey had many friends that he dearly loved.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at the Skelton Freewill Baptist Church, at Skelton, W.Va., with Pastor Bill Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at the Robert Plumley Family Cemetery at Abraham, W.Va. Friends may call at the church from 1 p.m. until time of service. Pallbearers will be Jerome “Bubby” Plumley, James Plumley, Jarrell Plumley, Jarrell Plumley Jr., Howard Ball, Carman Salango Jim Miller and Roy Farrish.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family at P.O. Box 515 Beckley, WV 25802.

Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at www.roseandquesenberry.net. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Beckley.





Drema Carol Richmond

HINTON — Drema Carol Richmond, 29, of Hinton, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry, Shady Spring.





George D. Rose

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Mr. George D. Rose, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Minden, W.Va., died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.

Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.





John ‘Ray’ Skelton

John “Ray” Skelton, 89, of Shady Spring, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born Aug. 31, 1920, at Pemberton, W.Va., he was the son of the late John Lewis and Nannie Sue Simmons Skelton.

Mr. Skelton enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, gardening, and WV Mountaineer Football games. He attended Dunn & Bradstreet Business School and was the former owneroperator of Ray’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Shady Spring. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shady Spring.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lora Sue Kidd; one sister, Anna Tabor; and a half-brother, Bill Ellison.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Marie Lilly Skelton of Shady Spring; two sons, John Skelton and wife Cathy of Shady Spring and Mike Skelton and wife Barbara of Herrin, Ill.; one daughter, Elizibeth Pollack and husband Fenway of Charleston; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Shady Spring with Pastor Delvin Elwell officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley and on Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in “Ray’s” memory to the First Baptist Church of Shady Spring Building Fund, Shady Spring, WV 25918 or to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley is in charge of the arrangements.





Ruth Stanley

Ruth Stanley, age 83 of Crab Orchard, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2009.

Arrangements are incomplete by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.





Jeffrey ‘Jeff Malcomb Sturgill

Jeffrey “Jeff” Malcomb Sturgill, 50, of Midway, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.

Friends may gather with the family Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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





Nelson Taylor

RAINELLE — Nelson Sherwood Taylor, of Rainelle, formerly of Quinwood, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 at Heartland of Rainelle.

Wallace & Wallace, Inc. of Rainelle will be in charge of arrangements.





Robert ‘Bob’ E. Wilson

DANESE — Robert “Bob” Edward Wilson, 78, formerly of Edmond, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at a Charleston hospital following a long illness.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Ansted.





Kenneth Workman

SCARBRO — Kenneth Lee Workman, 41, of Scarbro, died on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 at CAMC - General Division in Charleston.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Willis Branch Community Church with Pastor Sissy officiating.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV.