The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 9, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012

Vanessa Ann Browning Adkins

GLOVER — Vanessa Ann Browning Adkins, 52, of Glover, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at her residence following a long illness.

Born Dec. 4, 1959, at Man, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Marie Osborne Browning.

Vanessa was a member of the Brenton Baptist Church. She was a 1978 graduate of Oceana High School. She was employed as a daycare provider at the Pineville Presbyterian Church Daycare and had worked at Rundle & Rundle Law Offices in Pineville. Vanessa enjoyed taking care of children, spending time with her family and caring for animals.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Phillip Browning; and father-in-law, Mack Adkins.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, David Adkins; two daughters, Dr. Joanna Adkins Bailey and her husband, David, of Morgantown and Misty Thompson and her husband, David, of Glover; two granddaughters, Devyn Thompson and Mackenzie Thompson; two brothers, Neil Browning of Richmond, Va., and Duane Browning of Lynco; two sisters, Elaine Robertson of Tampa, Fla., and Janice Boyce of Rock Hill, S.C.; her mother-in-law, Ruth Adkins of Glover; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Vanessa’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Tommy Knotts officiating. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Vanessa’s name to the ASPCA, c/o Linda Tiramani, 520 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018, or e-mail

Online guest book, flowers and gifts may be found at

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Adkins family.

O.C. Allen III

RAINELLE — O.C. Allen III passed away early Sunday morning, Oct. 7, 2012, at his home, following a long illness.

Born Dec. 7, 1949, at Danese, W.Va., he was the son of the late Orland Clifton Allen II and Lorlene Gilkerson Allen.

O.C. was a member of Lilly Valley Baptist Church in Lilly Park, and of the Christian faith.  He worked as a heavy equipment operator and was a member of the International Union of  Operating Engineers.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Blevins of Danese, and Jennifer Cone of Danese; two sons, Orland C. Allen IV of Rainelle, and Joseph Allen of Hilton Village, W.Va.; four sisters, Karen Nestor of Spanishburg, W.Va., Sandra Toney of Danese, Vicky Starling of Princeton, W.Va., and Tammy Allen of Richmond, Va.; nine grandchildren, and three stepgrandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Sewell Valley Baptist Church of Rainelle, with Pastor Don Bean and the Rev. Fred Fryar officiating. Burial will follow in the Halidon Cemetery at Green Sulphur Springs.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Sewell Valley Baptist Church in Rainelle.

The family has requested any donations of sympathy be made to: Rainelle Christian Academy, P.O. Box 784, Rainelle, WV 25962.

Online condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

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