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March 13, 2013

Obituaries— Wednesday, March 13, 2013



William Ashley ‘Bill’ Pack

JUMPING BRANCH — William Ashley “Bill” Pack, 89, of Jumping Branch, went home to be with the Lord and his loved ones Monday, March 11, 2013, at his residence following a long illness.

Born June 10, 1923 in Raleigh County, he was a son of the late Samuel Lee and Sarah Vest Pack and the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Bill was a member of the Bluestone Baptist Church. He was self employed, having worked in the timber, mining and trucking industry.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Betsy Ann Gwinn Pack; three brothers, Hershel, Charlie and Paul Pack; two sisters, Gracie (Sibyl) Pack Moye, Clara Hatcher and a brother in law, Grady Hatcher, who along with Clara helped to raise Bill’s only son, Michael.

Those left to cherish his memory include one son, Michael Lee Pack and wife Susan of MacArthur; five nephews and two nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Ronald Meadows Funeral Chapel with Pastor Bill Fox officiating. Burial will follow in the William Vest Cemetery at Streeter. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral parlors on Wednesday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Southern West Virginia and Bill’s caregivers; Lonnie and Vera Cales, Susan Meadows, Linda Wood and Vicky Gill.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp. com

Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.


Ellen Jane ‘Janie’ Perkins

It is with much sadness that the family of Ellen Jane “Janie” Richards Perkins announces her passing. Janie died at home on Perk Farm, Frankford, W.Va., on the morning of Tuesday, March 12, 2013 as a result of pancreatic cancer.

Janie was born in East Rainelle on May 21st 1944 to Gladys Sheets Richards (now Casdorph) and the late Homer Sell Richards.

Janie started her schooling at the one-room Laurel Hill School on Brownstown Road, Renick. She was valedictorian of the last graduating class from Renick High School in 1962. Janie went on to graduate from Chesapeake and Ohio School of Nursing, Clifton Forge, Va., in 1965.

Janie worked as a registered nurse for many years and also nursed numerous family members. Her final professional role was with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, serving as a standard patient to assist the learning of future medical professionals.

Janie was also a farmer, in partnership with her husband of 47 years Harry Knight Perkins. Harry preceded her in death in 2011.

Janie is survived by her three children, son Harry (Perk) Perkins II and his fiancé Vickey Neel of Frankford and her children, Jennifer and Brianne; son Remington Perkins, his wife Mary and their five children, Lauren, Claire, Ethan, Katelyn, and Trinity of Frankford; and daughter Annie Perkins and her husband Dave Campbell of Hamilton, New Zealand. Her mother Gladys Casdorph of Ronceverte, brothers Terry Richards and his partner Marty Jepsen of Cincinnati and Stuart Richards of Renick, and sister Edna Rothwell of Morgantown also survive her.

Per her request, a memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the church to which she belonged, Henning Church of God, Vago Road, Frankford at 4 p.m. Friday, March 15th, with Pastor Robert Hefner Jr. officiating.

Friends are invited to visit with Janie’s family at the church any time after 1 p.m. on Friday or during a meal kindly provided by the church after the service.

Janie requested no flowers please, however she loved church and nature. Therefore, if desired, donations to her church are welcome or you may like to plant a tree in her honor.

Written thoughts, well wishes or fond memories of Janie can be directed to the family at HC 68 Box 108, Frankford, WV 24938 or e-mail

Arrangements by McCraw Funeral Home, Frankford.

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