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October 7, 2012

Obituaries — Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

Margaret Elsie Adkins

GREEN SULPHUR SPRINGS — Proverbs 31:10, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Margaret Elsie Adkins, 79, of Green Sulphur Springs was called home Friday, October 5, 2012.

Born April 5, 1933, at Blue Sulphur Springs, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Cora Littlepage Bryant.

She was a member of the Rupert Church of God. Margaret was a wonderful wife and mother, a caregiver to all who knew her. She loved to go to church and quilt, could churn butter and was well-known for her chicken dumplings.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Noah Adkins; a granddaughter Rachael Hamrick; great-grandson Dakota Hamrick; 2 sons Joseph Bryant and Charles Edward Adkins; 2 sisters Lucille Adkins and Annie Cook and 1 brother Billy Bryant.

Those left to cherish precious memories are her sons Earl Adkins and Ernest Adkins and wife Andrea, all of Green Sulphur Springs; 2 daughters Elby Bryant and husband Forest Junior of Blue Sulphur Springs and Joyce Lyons and husband Larry of Green Sulphur Springs; 2 brothers Herman Bryant and wife Audrey of Springdale and Daniel Bryant of Blue Sulphur Springs; a sister Helen Arlene Bryant of Green Sulphur Springs; a daughter-in-law Rebecca Adkins of Green Sulphur Springs; and she will be greatly missed by her 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, October 8, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Frank Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the McElhenney Cemetery at Grassy Meadows.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons Phillip Bryant, Benjamin Hamrick, Ernest Adkins, II, Jacob Adkins, Johnathan Phillips, Jordan Phillips and Austin Adkins.

Friends may call Sunday, October 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Rainelle.

Phyllis Brown

OCEANA — Phyllis Brown, 83, of Oceana, WV, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, October 4, 2012, at her home.

She was born August 12, 1929, in Logan County, WV, a daughter of the late Robert Henry and Janetta Hazel Thomas Jarrell.

She attended the Toneda Missionary Baptist Church since June 10, 1949; she was a Sunday school teacher for 40-some years, food chairman for many years, and a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 110 Pineville, WV. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by husband of 56 years William Hurley Brown; a brother Charley Jarrell; a sister Reba Crabtree; and brother-in-law Bob Murray.

Survivors include a son Damon (Rhonda) Brown of Murrells Inlet, SC; a daughter Diana Lynn (Harold Gene) Tracy of Oak Hill; two sisters Freda (Earl) Tomblin of Chapmanville, and Sue Murray of Hagerstown, MD; a brother-in-law George Crabtree of Davin; three grandchildren Christy Brown, Billy Brown, and Harold William (Melissa) Tracy; six great-grandchildren Tyler Brown, Alexis Brown, Anthony Brown, Abigail Brown, Courtney David Tracy, Hayden Tracy, and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2012, at the Toneda Missionary Baptist Church, Kopperston, WV, with Rev. Jerry Cook and Pastor Jim Hamrick officiating. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the church.

E-mail letters of sympathy may be sent at

The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.

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