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.

Lillian R. Blankenship

Lillian Rockwood Blankenship, died Monday, Oct 1st, 2012, at 3:19 p.m. at her home on Lilly Street in Beckley.

A rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the George W. Seaver Chapel. Lillian will be in repose from 6 to 8 p.m. where her friends may visit her.

The Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 7th, at 3  p.m. Lillian will be laid to rest in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery at Monte Vista Park in Bluefield.

Arrangements are being handled by the Seaver Funeral Home, 1507 N Walker Street, Princeton.

Glen Donald DeHaven

BUCKEYE — Glen Donald DeHaven, 59, of Buckeye passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012,

He has graciously donated his body to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Online condolences may be made at

Information was submitted by Lantz Funeral Home in Buckeye

Jonathan Chad ‘Jarhead’ Ferris

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. — Jonathan Chad Ferris, aka Jarhead, 30, of Falling Waters, passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Cumberland, Md.

Born, February 1, 1982, in Beckley, to John C. Ferris of Hagerstown, Md. and Debra J. McClain Williams of Williamsport, Md.

He was a 2000 graduate of South Hagerstown High School Hagerstown, Md.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marine Division with two tours in Iraq in the Infantry.

He was employed as an Electrician with IBEW Local No. 307.

He was recently promoted to president of the Virginia Chapter of the Avengers Motorcycle Club. He was also Past Vice President of the Maryland Chapter of the Avengers Motorcycle Club.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 10 Clopper Michael Boonsboro, Md.

Besides his parents, survivors include his fiance’, Krystal L. Gale and their expected son of Falling Waters; step father, James Williams of Williamsport, Md.; sister: Holly J. Seitz and her husband Eric and their daughter Emma of Wacoma, Iowa; maternal grandmother, Nancy D. McClain of Rochester, N.H.; paternal grandparents, Gene and Bobbie Ferris of Crab Orchard.

The family will receive friends at the Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Md.,  on Friday, October 5, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral home will be open after 9 a.m. on Friday for the convenience of family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 11 a.m.  with Pastor Thom Smith officiating. Military services will be provided by Amvets Post No. 10 and Marine Corps League of Hagerstown, Md. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to: Trust Fund at M&T Bank for his unborn son.

Online condolences may be made to the family at:

Calvin Vale Goodwin

Calvin Vale Goodwin, age 87, of Fairdale, entered eternal rest on Friday, September 28, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House surrounded by his family.

Born October 24, 1924, in Belo, W.Va., to the late Boots Logan Goodwin and Orphie Noe Goodwin.

Mr. Goodwin was an honored World War II veteran and had received a Purple Heart. He also had previously worked in the coal mines here in West Virginia.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Ella Louise Goodwin and Garnell Goodwin Sheppard, all of whom resided in Kopperston, W.Va.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving and devoted wife of 39 years, Mrs. Freda Goodwin, at home; sons, Calvin Dale Goodwin of Providence, N.C., Claude Goodwin of Matheny, and Charles Goodwin of Cyclone; daughters, Phyllis Martin of Plant City, Fla., Orphie Klinert of Burton, Mich., and Arlene Meeks of Oceana; step children, Kathy Hayes of Perterstown, Randy Ackelson of Pineville, W.Va., and Robert Ackelson of Pineville; brothers, Joe Goodwin of Kopperston and Sid Goodwin of Dunedin, Fla.; sisters, Garnett Lusk of Kopperston and Katherine (Midge) Hicks of Kopperston; numerous grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends who all loved him dearly.

A celebration of Calvin’s life will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Chapel in Beckley, with Pastor  Ricky Proffitt officiating, assisted by McKenzie Proffitt. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley, where the Oak Hill VFW Post 3110 conducting military graveside rites.

Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Deekie Goodwin, Dale Goodwin, McKenzie Proffitt, Wallace Maynard Jr., Davie Bailey, and Frank Cook.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Road Beckley, WV 25801, in memory of Calvin.

Online condolences and other information available at

Arrangements with Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Betty Irene Hancock

HOLLYWOOD — Betty Irene Hancock, 91, of Hollywood, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Graveside rites will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the Hollywood Cemetery at Hollywood, with the Rev. Don Trent officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

William R. Hundley

William R. Hundley, 75, of Oak Hill, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial was held at Good Hope Cemetery Hico.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace, Inc., Ansted.

Gradie C. Legg

SMOOT — Gradie C. Legg, 74, of Meadow Bluff, passed away Saturday evening, Sept. 29, 2012, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Ronceverte, following a short illness.

Born June 2, 1938, at Rainelle, he was the son of the late Gradie B. and Elva Perkins Legg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Jackie Lee Legg and a great-granddaughter, Bella Counts.

Gradie enjoyed hunting and training his dogs. He also liked to fish, and just being outdoors and up in the mountains.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Carroll Legg of Meadow Bluff; four sons, Dwight Counts (Karen) of Fort Worth, Texas, Charlie Counts (Tammy) of Beaufort, S.C., John Counts (Sonjia) of Mossy, and Karl Legg of Meadow Bluff; three daughters, Gwen Webb (Terry) of Meadow Bluff, Lisa Harmon (Neal) of Knoxville, Tenn. and Kimberly Legg of Barboursville; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

As per his wishes, his body will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, will be serving the Legg family.

Billy Ray McClung

FAYETTEVILLE — Billy Ray McClung, 45, of Fayetteville, passed away Wednesday, September 26 2012, at home.

Born on December 30, 1966, at Oak Hill, he was the son of the late Bernard and Anna McClung.

Billy was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and graduated from the College of WV with an associate degree in Occupational Therapy. He was an outstanding football player. Previously he had worked for Lance, IGA, assistant manager for Subway, and was a former employee of Ben Franklin.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by uncles, Ray and Russell McClung; aunt, Lucille; and nephew, Craig Withrow.  

Billy will be sadly missed by his sisters, Carol Hypes (Michael) and Connie Rock (Kevin); brothers, Frank McClung (companion Sue), Donald McClung, Kenneth McClung (Mandy), and Fred Hill. He was a loving uncle to Steve, Jeremy, Whitney, Casey, Jacob, Bailee, Natalie, and Kennedy.

A memorial service with family and friends will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Pleasant View Cemetery.

For those wishing to express their condolences to Billy’s family, you may do so by visiting our website at or cards may be sent to Carol Hypes at 136 Harding Subdivision Road, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Carolyn June Osborne

CYCLONE — Carolyn June Osborne, 63, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012.

A celebration of Carolyn’s life will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Roland Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Cook Cemetery, Cyclone.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at the funeral home.

A video tribute and guestbook at

Services entrusted to Adam Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

Marjorie Romano Pollard

CHATHAM BOROUGH, N.J. — Marjorie Pollard (nee Romano), of Chatham Borough, died on Friday, September 28, 2012, at her home in Chatham Borough, she was 89 years old.

Mrs. Pollard was born in Madison, N.J., and lived the last 65 years in Chatham Borough.

Mrs. Pollard was a bookkeeper for a medical practice in Summit, N.J. for several years before she retired 15 years ago. Prior to that she was a bookkeeper for the Shop Rite in Florham Park for over 10 years.

During World War II, Mrs. Pollard worked at Picatinny Arsenal building bombs for the war effort and her unit received a Presidential Citation for their work.

Mrs. Pollard was married, for the last 65 years, to the late Wesley F. Pollard Sr., who just recently passed away on September 16, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Wesley F. Pollard Jr., David W. Pollard; two brothers, Nick Romano, Ron Romano, and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Flynn.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation, Wednesday, October 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Madison Memorial Home, 159 Main St., Madison, N.J. 07940.

Please omit flowers. Donations to the Chatham Emergency Squad in her memory would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Madison Memorial Home, 973 377-2735.

Larry D. Thornton

Larry D. Thornton, 52, of Bud passed away Sunday, September 30, 2012, at his residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Tankersley Funeral Hone, Mullens

Alfred R. Withrow

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Alfred R. Withrow, age 85, of Brooklyn, formerly of Ypsilanti, Mich. and Beckley, passed away September 29, 2012.

Alfred was born April 19, 1927, in Widen, W.Va., the son of John and Annie (Cantrell) Withrow.

Alfred is survived by one daughter,  Kathryn White and her husband Gary Hollis of Brooklyn; three grandchildren, Arlene (Tom) Lindemeyer, Sean White and Elexis (Corey) Sawyer and five great grandchildren, Bradley, Thomas, Zoe, Brayden and Lillian,

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Loretta; son, Arland and grandson, Tony White.

A celebration of his life will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the Irish Hills Eagles, Brooklyn, Mich. Military honors will be performed by the Wilber Bartlett American Legion Post No. 315, Brooklyn, Mich.

Condolences to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome. com

Arrangements by J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh, Mich.