Letters to God


Albert Roscoe “Tom” Adkins

Birth: 5 Jan 1930
Portsmouth
Scioto County
Ohio, USA
Death: 25 Aug 2016
Grundy
Buchanan County
Virginia, USA

Obituary for Albert Adkins

Albert R. “Tom” Adkins, age 86 of Grundy, Virginia passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home Grundy, Virginia.

Born January 5, 1930 at Portsmouth, Ohio, he was the son of the late
Kelly and Phoebie Reed Adkins. Tom was the Building Official for Buchanan
County for over 35 Years. He was a member of the Harmon Memorial Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife,
Marcella Adkins, two sisters, Mary Sue Dyehouse and Ruth Griffith, two
Brothers Hassell Adkins and Willie Adkins.

SURVIVORS INCLUDE
His wife of over 26 years, June Adkins of Grundy, Virginia
Four Daughters
Janet Stacy and husband Tim of Hurley, Virginia
Connie Davis and husband Larry of Big Rock, Virginia
Jennifer J. Adkins and companion Grady Killingsworth of Maryville, Tennessee
Neda Peoples and husband Dane of Radford, Virginia
Seven Grandchildren and five Great Grandchildren
Two Sisters
Ella Birchfield and husband Darwood of Middletown, Ohio
Betty Jenson and husband Jim of Middletown, Ohio
Two Brothers
Denny R, Adkins and wife Joan of Atlanta, Georgia
Russell Adkins of Santa Anna, California

Mary Sue Dyehouse
Birth: 6 May 1940
Death: 6 Aug 2016

Mary Sue Adkins Dyehouse, 76, of Middletown, died Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Kettering Medical Center. She was born in Cisco, Magoffin, Kentucky on May 6, 1940 to parents Kelly and Phebie (Reed) Adkins.

Mary Sue was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She was a homemaker and a member of Christian Enterprise Baptist Church. One of her greatest joys in life was Buda Night.

Mrs. Dyehouse is survived by her daughter, Terry (Roger) Jones; brothers, Tom (June) Adkins, Russell Adkins, and Denny (Joan) Adkins; sisters, Betty (Jim) Jensen, and Ella (Darewood) Birchfield; grandchildren, Tonya (Steve) Crowder, Dean Russell, Mack (Paula) Stewart, Samantha (Jason) Hoye and Cassie (Todd) Grubb; numerous great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Flora Long.

Mary Sue was preceded in death by her husband, William Peter Dyehouse; daughter, Delores Hammel; brothers, Hassel Adkins, Willie Adkins, and Charles Lee Adkins; sister, Della Ruth Griffith.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm at WILSON-SCHRAMM-SPAULDING FUNERAL HOME, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown with Reverend James Anderson officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 400, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.
~ Yoko Ono

See you soon… Pussy Cat!

Orville Deaton
Birth: 4 Aug 1940
Death: 17 Jan 2016

Orville, fondly referred to as O. D. was born on August 4, 1940 in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky and passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California. He was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Artie Fultz Deaton and his late wife Jacqueline Faye Duvall; his siblings: Viola Barnett, Sherman, Ralph, Gerald and Gladys Jean Deaton and one step-daughter: Delores Hamlin. Although he had no known children, he is survived by his former wife Mary Sue Adkins Dyehouse and her daughter Teresa Dunn Jones.

Orville traveled a lot and lived in several states which include, Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon and California. Orville was a long time resident of Long Beach, California and remained so at the time of his passing.

O.D. was a long time employee of Pyramid Hill in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio.

He served his country in United States Army H2 Company 2nd Armed rifle BN, 54th Infirmity 112.00 Heavy Weapons Infirmityman.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

On a personal note: Orville was a character and a comic to the end; always had a joke. He loved life and those he encountered along the way. He was a creature of habit always wore sweat pants in winter or shorts in the summer. He was a longtime friend of my late father Willie Adkins they shared an apartment in Lebanon at one time, his brother Denny Adkins, and best friend and business partner of his brother Russell Adkins. He was loved by many and fondly by each of their Grandchildren. He will be missed.

Anecdote: Orville and a friend decided to hop a freight train to California. They fell asleep in a boxcar; not realizing the car was full of glue. The next morning, his hair and jacket had been glued to the floor. The only way to free himself was for his friend too cut his hair and leave his jacket.

They needed a job for some ready cash, they happen upon a man burning his house down. They asked him for a job, helping him to complete the burn, to which he agreed. After they’d finished, cold, jacket-less and black from suet, they encounter a police officer who asked where they’re going. Orville tells him his plans and he says, “I’ll tell you what I’ll do, I’ll drive you a ride to the edge of town. Don’t ever come back.” For which they obliged.

Now, desperate and needing a way back home, Orville calls his dad Chester for the money to return on. Chester’s response, “How did you get out there?” Orville said, “I hopped a freight train.” To which Chester replied, ‘Well then, that’s how you’ll have get back home!” ~ Denny Adkins

“Bye, I’ll see ya in the funny papers!’ ~ Orville Deaton

Patricia Ann Hazlett, age 66, of Greenwood, South Carolina, died Thursday October 22, 2015 in South Carolina. She was born in Dayton, Ohio on April 16, 1949 to Erman and Edith (Stamper) Pearson. She was preceded in death by her father, Erman Pearson, mother, Edith Pearson. Patricia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was loved by all her family and friends and she cherished all who knew her, including her dog, Pierre. Patricia is survived by her husband of 43 years Roy Eugene Hazlett, daughter, Kathryn Marie Hazlett; son, Michael Eugene Hazlett; two grandsons, Gabriel Michael Hazlett, Ayden Conner Hazlett; brother, Doyle Pearson and wife Fern, their children, Curtis and Clinton Pearson; sister, Phyllis Moore and her child Ryan Moore; and numerous great nieces and nephews. The Memorial Service is at 11am Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Anderson Funeral Home 1357 E. 2nd St Franklin, OH with Dan Flory officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Humane Society, 239 Wilbanks Cr. Greenwood, SC 29649.

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. ~ Henry Drummond

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

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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.

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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

I wanted to share a comment that my friend made on FB today, before she regrets it & takes it down. I believe it needs to be shared to remind us of how to act in these times. Rarely, do people share their feelings about the days leading up to a loss. I’m going to print this out & put it in my prayer journal. I would hope you’d do the same.

Her family has recently gone through the loss of her father, even though he was a devote Christian that has gone home, it’s hard for those that experience loss. I won’t share her name here, just know the family is loved and deeply appreciated.

She writes:

It could be that my emotions are still “raw” and I might regret posting this later or maybe it’s good to express this while it’s still fresh on my mind. I’ve learned some things over the past month and would like to just express my “take” on things. I’d like to post some “to do” and “not to do” things when someone’s loved one is dying. Sure I get it. You care.

But some common sense needs to apply.

When you choose to visit the home of a terminally ill person, keep your visits VERY short. They likely tire quickly and want to rest. Please leave your children at home. Even the best behaved kids get restless. The family of the ill person needs to be focused on their loved one, not on keeping your children entertained, fed, and out of trouble.

Look at the clock. Please time your visits so that you are not interrupting a meal…and consider that at a time like this, meals might not be at regular times.

Please refrain from recounting the experience of your loved ones’ deaths. That isn’t really very comforting. Once a person enters the “actively dying” stage, don’t just pop in at your convenience. Call ahead to ask what would be a good time to visit.

When a person has been moved to Hospice, visit ONCE and say your good byes. While in a Hospice room, please keep your voices low and limit the number of people in the room to 1 or 2. If you want to laugh, joke, and fellowship, kindly take it to the lounge area. Your visit should be to comfort the family and you can do that without being in the room of the dying person.

If you REALLY want to do something to help, don’t SAY is there anything you need? We likely will say no. Just DO something. Go mow the grass or sweep off the porch, offer to take the car through the car wash. One of the best was a huge basket of snacks and fruit (and a scheduled call for delivery) Breakfast food, paper products, water bottles, soda pop have all been “different” and very much appreciated.

Kindly be careful what you put on Facebook. Let the family be responsible for making announcements…when they are actually true.

After the passing, give the family time. The days between the death and the funeral is a busy and difficult time. Save your visits for a few weeks down the road when the reality sets in and the person is now alone.

Love to all whose whom are going through the loss of a someone they love. It’s a challenge that we will all face from time to time & it’s hard to know the proper etiquette.

Also, I would like to remind everyone that it is still the LAW to stop for a funeral procession, please do show your respects for the suffering family members.

Thank you & God Bless.

Mae Howard
Born: 10 May 1932 in Magoffin, Kentucky
Died: 03 Feb 2013 in Salyersville, Magoffin, Kentucky
Burial: 08 Feb 2013 in Rocklick Cemetery, Coon Creek, Kentucky

Parents:
Alfred “Alf” Howard (1898 – 1979)
Eliza Jane Adkins (1899-1983)

Mae Howard age 80 of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Salyersville Health Care Center in Salyersville, Kentucky. Mae was born May 10, 1932 in Magoffin County, Kentucky to the late Alfred and Eliza Adkins Howard. She is also preceded in death by her husband Corbett Howard. Mae is survived by two sons Robert Lee (Sue) Howard of West Liberty, Kentucky, Kenny Dean (Shirl) Howard of Salyersville, Kentucky, five daughters Barbara Kaye (Grant) Cantrell of Salyersville, Kentucky, Meridith Gaye Holbrook of Salyersville, Kentucky, Evella Faye (Charlie) Ratliff of Paintsville, Kentucky, Della Lynn (Bobby) Howard of Salyersville, Kentucky and Perscilla Howard of Lexington, Kentucky, two brothers Henry Howard of Salyersville, Kentucky and John L. Howard of Morgan Fork, Ohio, one sister Dessie Bailey of Salyersville, Kentucky, 11 grandchildren, one step grand child, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren also survives.

Besides her parents Mae is preceded in death by two brothers Kelly Howard and Jasper Howard, five sisters Carrie Howard, Druzie Montgomery, Lula Salyer, Junie Tackett and Hermalee Lemaster, one son in law Ray Holbrook and one daughter in law Lisa Howard.

Funeral services for Mae Howard will be conducted at 1 pm Friday, February 8, 2013 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Rocklick Cemetery at Coon Creek, Kentucky. Officiating will be Paul Brown and Merrill Adkins. Friends may call the funeral home after 6 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2013 all day Thursday and anytime Friday prior to funeral services.

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So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:54

I’ll meet you in the morning with a “How do you do,”
And we’ll sit down by the river,
And with rapture auld acquaintance renew.
You’ll know me in the morning,
By the smiles that I wear,
When I meet you in the morning
In that city that is built foursquare.

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