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“Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t, you’re right.”
-Henry Ford

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In light of all the recent tragedies surrounding us. The increasing number of drug related events, facilitates & numerous counts of homicide in the news, loss in general, it’s hard to find the words to comfort the heart of families. I found this poem and I think it puts a heartfelt message to those grieving. I don’t know the writer, but it’s a word spoken in due season. God Bless!

A Fallen Limb

A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we’re together again

–Author unknown

Stan Adkins Says:

April 21, 2015 at 9:52 am
Hello Cousins.

I will pay $500.00 for a copy of the Adkins family, Beech County to York Book, if anyone has one and is open to selling their copy. (guessing at the correct title). Here’s my contact info:
Stan Adkins

Stan Adkins
Independence, Mo


Beech Fork Lake

History of Beech Fork

Known in agrarian times as “Bean Capital Of The World” because of its abundant harvests, remote Beech Fork and its fertile farms had by the mid-20th century devolved into a “Tobacco Road” cut off from the opportunities of modern development.

Some tombstones in the Park’s Bowen Cemetery date to the 18th century; and family names adorning Civil War graves can be seen on roadside mailboxes even today. Government appropriation of private land for the lake caused rancor among locals with historic land holdings. The Beech Fork strain of Adkins family (appropriately known as “Beech Fork Adkinses”) was largely driven out to the Huntington metropolitan area. So numerous were these displaced persons that townsfolk joked about an “Adkins factory” at Beech Fork which mass-produced persons of the surname. It has also been said that in the last days, “the Jews will go back to Palestine and the Adkinses will go back to Beech Fork.”

I’ve been working long & hard on the whereabouts of Dora Perry’s grave.
I thought I had a sure lead this time, where I had found the paperwork for her sister Fanny aka Vessie West whom married Lacy Bobo Powell. She died very young as well, and Lacy remarried.

I was trying to tie Vassie West Powell to our family tree, with documented proof, but it’s not working as well as I’d hoped.

Vassie was, as I believe, born Fanny West to Berry & Lizzie Daniel West.

Idaho marriage
Name: Vassie West
Marriage Date: 20 Feb 1909
Marriage Place: Ada, Idaho
Spouse: Lacy B Powell

Same County as brother Solomon Job West.

1910 Census
Name: Vassie Powell
Age in 1910: 17
Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Arkansas
Home in 1910: Kuna, Ada, Idaho
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Lacy Powell
Father’s Birthplace: South Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia

Marvin’s birth certificate says that she was born in Cali, but if I’m right, her parents had only moved to Cali.
Name: Marvin Lacey Powell
Birth Date: 5 Feb 1911
Birth Place: Nampa, Ada, Idaho, USA
Father Name: Lacey Bobo Powell
Father Age: 30
Father Birth Place: Kentucky
Mother Name: Vassie West
Mother Age: 20
Mother Birth Place: California
Certificate Year: 1911
Certificate Number: 273251

Bernard Barton “Berry” West
Birth 5 Mar 1859 in Pickens County, South Carolina, USA
Death 2 Mar 1952 in Winton, Merced, California, USA

Modesto Bee Merced. March 4 1952. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 PM tomorrow at Ivers and Alcorn Chapel for Berry Barton West, 92, of Winton, who died suddenly while rabbit hunting in the Winton Area Sunday. Rev. Earle R. Harvey, Merced Presbyterian Church pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in the family plot in Winton Cemetery. West leaves three sons, Thomas J. West of Winton, S. J. West of Elsinore and John M. West of Alhambra; two daughters Mrs. Cynthia J. Kimbriel of Winto and Mrs. Cora S. Newstrom of Los Angeles, and seven grandchildren.

Margaret Elizabeth Daniel
Birth 26 Jan 1864 in Batesville, Habersham, Georgia
Death 10 May 1946 in Merced, California, USA

Known children:

Cynthia “Kezarah” West Kimbriel on her father’s obit it says Cynthia J Kimbriel, but that’s not unusual to have an typo in the paper. My mom’s was really wrong.
1879 – 1970

M. A. “Dora” West
1880 – 1900

Bessie West
1885 – 1900

Solomon Job West
1886 – 1979

John Madison West
1889 – 1982

Vassie Fanny West
1892 – 1920

Thomas Jeptha West
1895 – 1980

Cora Connie West Newstrom
1899 – 1995

I know this isn’t what it shows on a few other trees, but most of it, as far as I can tell, comes from a phone conversation with a girl & her uncle. I’m not challenging that, I’m merely going by what seems reasonable, in my mind. Since the niece states that she had no info on Kezarah or Bessie West, and known daughter Cynthia isn’t listed either on her research, but is on one census with family & with her hubby, that at one point they divorce & then remarry, she’s listed as Cosine. It’s a safe bet that she is in fact Kezarah. I’ll continue to look for legal or gov’t paperwork to prove it.

On the 1900 census mother Lizzie says that she had 8 children, 7 living. Which would be Bessie West has past away, because we know Dora hasn’t given birth to Bessie until November, but I can’t find her & Richard Perry living anywhere in 1900. Since, they did sneak off, it’s almost a safe bet that they didn’t want to be found, but Bessie was born in Van Buren, Newton, Arkansas in 22 Nov 1900, they may have just moved back?!?

Name: Richard Perry
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1877
Residence: Copark, Newton, Arkansas
Spouse’s Name: MA West
Spouse’s Gender: Female
Spouse’s Residence: Copark, Newton, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 7 May 1899
Marriage License Date: 3 May 1899
Marriage County: Newton
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1035373

I was hoping to find Vassie’s grave or any info leading to it. All this, in hopes of finding a family cemetery or small graveyard that would possibly have my husband’s Great-Grandmother Dora West Perry buried.
The Older Metcalf’s & Perry’s say that her parents had a lot of money & forbid Richard & Dora to marry. But they did, had one child, daughter Bessie Jane Perry. Dora die in childbirth or from complications thereof & her family moved to Cali. Richard stays in Arkansas, marries a girl, Laney Matilda “Tilda” Davis, from his hometown in Tennessee, then they move to Rockcastle, Kentucky and on to Ohio.

Which seems to be accurate.

I’m still looking for definitive proof!

Because someone we love is in Heaven, there is a little bit of heaven in our home.

Last night, on our way home from Jayden’s birthday party, the Farmers in Sunbury were loading or unloading large trucks at their barn; we had to maneuver around them. I didn’t think too much about it, until Anthony called me this morning to tell me the farmers were tilling the field. I do not envy them that. Every parent should drive their child by & show them how hard farmers work to bring them the food they eat/waste. What boy doesn’t want to see major machinery at work?

Then maybe they’d want to eat their vegetables.

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. ~ KJV Ecc 11:4

Curtis James Metcalf

Birth 17 Feb 1957 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA
Death 24 Feb 2015 in Franklin, Warren, Ohio USA

METCALF, Curtis J. Age, 59 of Franklin, Ohio passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Sycamore Medical Center. He was born December 17, 1955 in Dayton, Ohio the son of James Edward and Ethel Marie (Lamb) Metcalf. Curt was formerly employed with Sycamore Creek Country Club for 38 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Edward Gene Metcalf in 2009. Curt is survived by his wife of 38 years, Julie Metcalf; a son, Shawn Metcalf; a daughter, Dianah South; 4 sisters; 2 brothers; 5 grand daughters and 1 grandson.
Funeral service will be Monday 10:00 am at the Anderson Funeral Home 1357 East Second Street, Franklin, with Pastor Dave Bowling officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery.

Personal note: Our special thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. God Bless.

~ beverages ~
Coffee – Sweet Tea
Pop – Water

~ soup ~

~ main ~
Pork loin
Smoked Sausage in Sauerkraut
Hot Dogs

~ sides ~
Mashed Potatoes
Black Eyed Peas
Fruit & Cheese Tray
Cranberry Sauce
Relish Tray

~ desserts ~
Banana Pudding
Sweet Breads
Cream Cheese & Jellies
Candy Buffet


Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. ~ Jonathan Edwards & me

Nicholas Lee Pearson
Birth: 29 Jul 1979 in Kettering, Montgomery, Ohio
Death: 25 Dec 2014 in Carlisle, Warren, Ohio

PEARSON, Nicholas Lee Age 34 of Carlisle, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 25, 2014. He was born on July 18, 1980 in Kettering, to Keith Leonard and Debra J (Gilbert) Pearson. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, James Paul and Geneva Mae (Gross) Pearson and grandfather, Amos Gilbert Sr. In addition to his parents, Keith and Debbie Pearson, Nick is survived by his children, Corbin Lane and Mercedes Monroe Pearson; sister, Serena Lynn (Tim) Humerick; grandmother, Delora J Gilbert; nieces and nephews, Travis (Emily) Humerick, Samantha Humerick, Tabitha Humerick, Heaven Humerick, Kolton Humerick and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Nick graduated from Valley View High School in 1999 and has been employed with Pearson Brothers Body Shop. Friends and family may visit from 10am– 12pm on Wednesday, December 31 at Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 12pm on Wednesday, also at the funeral home. Interment following at Highland Memorial Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be given to National Bank & Trust, 655 Central Ave. Carlisle, Ohio 45005 where a fund has been set up for Nick’s children. Personal condolences may be left for his family by visiting http://www.gebhartschmidtparramore.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dayton/obituary.aspx?pid=173640494#sthash.ArPq4Qyq.dpuf


On a personal note: Both myself & Anthony thought the world of Nick.  He grew up with our oldest son. They were very close at one time. An Memoriam never really tells the history of a person, their personality, whom they really were as a person, or how much they meant to someone. Nick was a really sweet boy.

I didn’t realize just how quickly time passed; it gets away from us.

I can’t even remember the last time that I had seen Nick in passing or talked to him, but I do remember the last time he came to visit me. He drove up to show us his new motorcycle. We talked for two or three hours, about what, I don’t remember. He wanted to show me how much weight he had lost & his new boots. Silly things really, but importantly enough to him, at the time, to want to share it with me.

I only wish I had followed up with him more.  I didn’t really see him much after that. He didn’t come to visit. I do remember a conversation, we had later, about his buying a house & having a small dispute with the little lady next door over a property line survey that he’d done. He laughed and said, “I don’t care. I love it, she’s trimming my bushes, so that I don’t have too!” [It stuck in my mind.]

It may seem like lot’s of uninteresting small talk to people, but ours lives consist of lot’s of little seemly unimportant events, small talk if you will, our day to days, but we should share them more often with our family and friends. Trust me, it won’t bore them. Don’t let years pass without calling and saying, “Hey! I bought a new________ or do you like my boots? Its the little things that mean the most.

Nick passed away, too young, in my opinion, but grew into a wonderful family man with two beautiful children and that is something to be very proud of.

I wish, only the best his family, his children, you’ll forever be in my prayers.  May God bless and comfort you always.


Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. ~ Pope Paul VI


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