The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 2, 2012

Obituaries — Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

Ruby Holdred Adkins

Ruby Holdren Adkins, 87, of Crab Orchard, formerly a 30 year resident of Shelbyville, Ind., and the Kanawha Valley, passed away Monday, October 1, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born August 3, 1925, at Sprague, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late W.D. Holdren Sr. and Ethel Lilly Holdren. Ruby was one of 10 siblings. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Luther C. Adkins; four sisters, Ruth L. Scott, Geneva L. Summerville, Charlotte L. Meador, Evelyn Pettry and three brothers, W. D. Holdren Jr., Arthur E. Holdren and Ted Holdren.

Survivors include her brother, C. Arnold Holdren of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; sister, Pauline Harrell of Beckley; two  special nephews, Dennis Johnson of Rainier, Wash. and James Johnson of Denver, Colo.

Following her wishes she will be cremated and her ashes will be joined with her late husband. There will be no visitation.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Donald Atwood

MT. HOPE — Donald Atwood 58, of Mt. Hope went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 27, 2012.

Born March 12, 1954, Donald was a son of the late Oscar and Stella Kirk Atwood.

Donald was interested in old cars and was a NASCAR fan. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, he was employed as a coal miner with Eccles No. 5 Coal Mines. Donald was of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to his parents, Donald is preceded in death by his sons, Ryan and Preston Atwood; brother, Ralph Edward Atwood.

Those left to cherish his memories, include his sister, Phyllis Sheets of Mt. Hope, Peggy Jones and husband Kester of Scarbro; brothers, Thomas Atwood and wife Margaret of Scarbro, John Atwood of Crab Orchard; nieces, Haley and Abigail Newman; nephew, Michael Atwood and special thanks to Jeff Bragg, who was Donald’s caretaker.

Services will be held at 2 p.m.  Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Randy Mann officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Friends may gather with the family Wednesday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

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