The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


February 25, 2010

Obituaries - February 25, 2010


Danny Ray ‘Buck’ Adkins

Danny Ray “Buck” Adkins, 56, of Danese, died Feb. 13, 2010.

Danny was born April 11, 1953, in Beckley. Danny was preceded in death by his loving mother, “Ma Elsie” Smith; best friend, Keith “Wolfie” Wolford; and two sisters.

Danny enjoyed playing football, basketball, softball and pitching horse shoes. He loved hunting, bird watching and riding motorcycles.

Danny was a retired coal miner who always provided for his family even in hardship. He was of the Protestant faith and was loved by everyone who knew and met him. He had an unforgettable smile.

Surviving: his wife, Deborah Shuck Adkins of Danese; son, Danny Lee Adkins and wife Tara of Beckley; daughter, Connie Marie Adkins and fiance Seth of North Carolina; grandchildren, Xavier Adkins, Serenity Hope Avis, Dustyn Dodson, and Michael Bowyer; and a host of loving brothers and sister from the Smith family.

In keeping with Danny’s wishes he was cremated. A memorial service to celebrate Danny’s life was held Feb. 22 at White Oak Church in Danese.

Memorial contributions can be made to the family to be used toward the funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.


Juanita Akers-Peyton

Juanita Akers-Peyton, 85, of Lewisburg, formerly of Fayetteville, died Feb. 15, 2010, following a short illness.

Born Jan. 15, 1925, in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Robert Hyatte Henson and Ella Gunnoe Henson. She also was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Burke Akers; brothers, Sylvestus Henson, Robert Henson, and Chad Hanson; and sisters, Frances Everman, Pauline Robb, and Sylvia Pell.

Mrs. Akers-Peyton was a noted West Virginia watercolorist, sculptor, author, past vice president of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and a member of the Beckley Art Group.

She attended Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg.

Surviving: her husband, James F.B. Peyton of Lewisburg; a sister, Vestella Frink; sons, David Akers and wife Kandy of Fayetteville, and Daniel Akers and wife Susan of Daniels; daughter, Jan Perry of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Julie Blankenship and husband Shawn, Robert H. Akers and wife Shannon, Daniel R. Akers and wife Sarah, Kim Parrish and husband Steve, Josh Akers and wife Ann, Erin Akers, Sean Perry and wife Angie, and Scott Perry; and great-grandchildren, Clara Blankenship, J.D. Mauritz, Chase Mauritz, Dylan Perry, Dakota Perry, Autumn Akers, Ryan Smith, and Robert Kirkland Akers.

A private family celebration of Mrs. Akers-Peyton’s life will be held by the family and private graveside services will be held at a later date.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences and other information available at

Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

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