The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 13, 2014

Obituaries — Thurssday, March 13, 2014


Christine Tankersley

Christine Tankersley, 86, of Beckley, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 12th 2014.

Born September 15, 1927 in Albany, Ky., she was the daughter of the late John and Belle Stockton Reeder. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sister, Mary and Martha and by a brother, William.

Christine was a homemaker and a member of the Crab Orchard Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband Edward; sons Richard Tankersley and wife Talitha and Terry Tankersley and wife Sherry; two grandsons Adam and Steven Tankersley;  great-granddaughter Isabelle; and a brother, Herman Reeder.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, in Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum B with Pastor Wayne Peters officiating.

There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers donations in Christine's name can be made to the Bradley Freewill Baptist Church, Box 307, Bradley, WV 25818.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements by  Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Pinkerton Blackwell Vest

MULLENS – Kathleen “Kitty” Pinkerton Blackwell Vest, 83, of Mullens, passed away on March 9, 2014 at a Beckley hospital following a long illness.

Born, September 15, 1930, at Midkiff, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Leonard Pinkerton and Francis Hager Pinkerton.

In addition to her parents she is also preceded in death by her first husband James “Tuck” Blackwell and her second husband Earl Vest; a step-daughter, Paula Vest Bangle; and six brothers Jim, Deward, Lyle, Kermit, Howard and Roy Pinkerton; and in-laws Joe Blackwell, Mary Blackwell Coffman England, Myrtle Blackwell Cutright, Peggy Blackwell Stanswick, Eloise Vest Lockhart and Paul Vest; special nephew Steve Roberts and niece Alena Blackwell Short.

Kitty and Tuck lived in Corinne from 1946 to 1965. Kitty worked for Howard Wikel’s Jewelry Store and Bradford Steele Drug. In 1965, she moved to Barboursville after Tuck passed to be close to her family. She lived there for two years and worked at Sears. She then married Earl Vest and moved to Northern Virginia and later to Bunker Hill and Inwood, W.Va., where Kitty worked for a bank and a ladies clothing store. After Earl passed, Kitty moved back to Mullens to be close to her family in 1988. She worked at the Public Library and the Wyoming County Council on Aging. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going to the Mullens United Methodist Church, Adult Bible Class and the Women’s Circle; cooking and working crossword puzzles. She was an avid reader and loved to watch ice skating, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.  

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Frank “Bucky” Blackwell and wife Trudy of Mullens; one step-daughter Carla Vest Milor and husband Howard of Middletown, Md.; one step son-in-law Bob Bangle of Newbern, N.C.; one sister Reba Roberts of Lancaster, Pa.; grandchildren, Mark Blackwell of Mullens and Audra Blackwell and husband Matthew Martin of Charleston; step grandchildren Howard Milor III and wife Cheryl of Boonsboro, Md., Scott Milor and wife Nicole of Frankfurt, Germany, Melanie Bangle Vaccaro and husband Daniel of Morehead, N.C. and Jamie Bangle of Chicago, Ill.; special nieces Karen Roberts of Lancaster, Pa.  and Patricia Roberts Brennen and husband Marc of Sacramento, Calif., Melanie Blackwell Klaiber of Bluefield, Va. and Judy Blackwell Hertler of Lady Lakes, Fla.; and sister-in-laws Betty Blackwell and Conita Pinkerton a special friend of Ravenswood, W.Va.; special nephew Burl Coffman and nieces Sherlene and Diane Bishop, all of Princeton, W.Va. and a host of family members and friends.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 at Mullens United Methodist Church with Rev. Earle Arthur officiating.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014 and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Committal Services and burial will be 4:30 p.m. on Friday at Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Kearneysville, W.Va.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Donations of sympathy may be made to United Methodist Church, 118 Guyandotte Ave., Mullens, WV 25882.

The family of Kitty Vest is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.

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