The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


June 14, 2007

Obituaries -- Thursday, June 14, 2007

‘Junior’ Adkins

Giles “Junior” Adkins, 75, of Fayetteville, died June 8, 2007, at his home following a short illness.

Born Oct. 14, 1931, at Highland Mountain, he was the son of the late Giles and Ruby Collins Adkins. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Adkins.

Mr. Adkins was a retired coal miner from Westmoreland Coal Co. with 27 years’ service. He attended the Family Worship Center, Beckley, and was a member of Mountain View Church of God, Hilltop.

He was a member of UMWA District 29. He was a beekeeper for over 30 years and was an avid photographer.

Surviving: his wife, Brenda Burford Adkins; sons, Giles Wayne Adkins and wife, Brenda, of Fairdale, and Paul David Adkins and his fiancee, Karen, of Fayetteville; daughters, Danna Vance and husband, Rex, of Beckley and Deanna Adkins and husband, Michael, of Shady Spring; a stepson, Eric Statts of Fayetteville; sisters, Opal Kessler of Danese and Wanda Friend of Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Service was June 11 at Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with Pastor Mark Schrade officiating. Burial followed in Layland Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home of Mount Hope.

Woodrow Bales

Woodrow Bales, 94, of Beckley, died June 7, 2007, at Bowers Hospice House.

Born Aug. 20, 1912, at Lookout, he was the son of the late Carrie Herndon Bales and Grover C. Bales. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Bales; his brother, Harry Bales; and his sister, Regina Brooks McKendree.

Mr. Bales had been a resident at the Greystone Courtyard since January 2006.

He was a graduate of Nutall District High School. He worked as a coal miner from 1927 to 1974 with 42 of those years employed by Westmoreland Coal Co. at McAlpin.

He was a member of Beckley Loyal Order of Moose, a charter member of United Mine Workers District 17, and First Baptist Church of Beckley.

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