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Obituaries For Week of June 17

Kenneth A. “Kenny” Adkison, 60, of Red House, passed away suddenly Thursday, June 10, 2021. He was a graduate of Sissonville High School. He loved to fish and working with wood.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lora Barnett; son, David Wayne Beech and brother, Doug Casto.
Survivors include wife, Beverly Ann Harper Adkison; son, Kenneth Wayne Adkison of Red House; parents, Bernice (Clyde) Casto of Sissonville; brother, John (Tina) Adkison Jr. of Buffalo; sister, Yvonne Adkison of Sissonville; brother, Ricky Adkison of Sissonville and sister, Vicky Casto of Sissonville. Kenny is also survived by several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Funeral service was Monday, June 14, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, with Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. Burial was in Brown Cemetery, Liberty.

Manuel G. Collias, 89, of Scott Depot, passed away on Saturday June 12, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Mary Collias, his sister Catherine “Tina” Elkins, infant son George Ronald Collias and step daughter Bevin Kiser.
He is survived by his wife Nancy Collias; step children Natalie (Jim) Zellers and Stanton (Lydia) McVay; brother Steve (Pat) Collias; children, Diane Robbins, Linda (Scott) Sparks, Gary (Shari) Collias; grandchildren, Justin Robbins, Blake Collias, Peyton Collias, Nathan Zellers, Keely Kiser, Anna Kiser, Aidan McVay, Connor McVay, Lauren Sparks and Taylor Sparks; great granddaughter Kynzie Robbins; and former wife Gloria Collias.
Manuel was born in the coal mining community of Dorothy, Raleigh County, on December 31, 1931. His family moved to Charleston when he was a small child and he grew up on the East End. He attended Roosevelt Junior High School and Charleston High School. He was an outstanding athlete in high school and played football, basketball and ran track. He set the state record in the shotput during his junior year in high school.
After graduating high school in 1951 he attended West Virginia University and played football and ran track for WVU. He was drafted into the United States Army and served honorably as a motion picture photographer.
Upon returning to Charleston, he had various jobs and operated various businesses including Royal Oaks Grocery Store in the Kanawha City area of Charleston, Collias Market and Jack Frost Dairy Bar near Coonskin Park. He later worked for the state Alcohol Beverage Commission as a liquor store manager until he retired.
He was an avid fishermen and hunter. He particularly loved fishing. After retirement he would sometimes go fishing every day for weeks on end. His departure will forever leave an empty place in the hearts of all who loved him. Manuel will be sadly missed by his loyal companions, Bear & Butch, his dogs.
A private graveside service was held.

John Hugh Donegan, Jr., 79 of Scott Depot, went home to be with the Lord on June 8, 2021.
John is retired from Monsanto, former employee of American Viscose, attended Rock Branch Independent Church and a graduate of Poca High School. He enjoyed drag racing, racing motorcycles, hunting, fishing, boating, and camping.
He is preceded in death by his parents John and Elizabeth Donegan.
John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mrs. Brenda Donegan; son John H. Donegan, III (Shannan); two grandchildren John H. “Johnny” Donegan, IV and Paige Huffman; father and mother-in-law Edmond and Barbara Lattea; sister and brothers-in-law Cathy and John Richardson, Sue and Tim Cox, Charlene Lattea, Pam Holston (Dave) and Scott and Amy Lattea and a host of nieces and nephews.
A tribute to the life of John was held Saturday June 12, 2021 at Rock Branch Independent Church with Pastors Brad Joseph and Delbert Hawley officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens.

Ronald Lee Martin, 61, of Buffalo, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 at UK Medical Center following a short illness.
He was a 1978 graduate of Buffalo High School. He was a Christian and attended several churches in the community.
He was preceded in death by his father, Aubrey Eugene Martin Sr.; sister, Penny Kaye Martin and step-father, Thomas Holley.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara M. Priddy Garrison; daughters, Melissa Martin of Virginia, and Joyell Martin of Buffalo; brother, Gene (Karen) Martin of Buffalo; sister, Rita (Bill) Riker of Buffalo; grandchildren, Paul Ferguson and Preston Ferguson. Ronald is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral service was Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Pastor John Hudson officiating. Burial was in Walker Chapel Cemetery, Robertsburg.

Keith Lee McClanahan, 71, of Poca, passed away June 10, 2021.
Keith is retired from Flexsys and an Army Veteran.
He is survived by his wife Regina McClanahan; children Gina Starcher (John) and Chris McClanahan and grandchildren Chelsey Martin (Jeff), Owen McClanahan, Sydnie Starcher, Tyler McClanahan, Kamryn Starcher, Joshua Starcher, and Joseph Starcher.
At his request there will be no services.

Allen Lee Withrow, 77, of Scott Depot, passed away June 11, 2021, at home.
Allen is retired from Union Carbide; graduate of Nitro High School and an Army Veteran.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn; children Mark, Kevin, Allen, Jason,Timmy, Christy, Julie and Terry; brother Ronald; sisters Donna and Norma; grandchildren Kelsea, Camron and Tiffany and great grandchildren Laila, Michael, Haylee and Aubree.
Private services will be held.

Nina L. Wright, 81, of Winfield, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021 after a short illness.
Born April 23, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Huber and Evelyn Bowcott Wears. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Geraldine Raynes, Pansy Wears, Freda Rawlings, Audrey Young, Jewell wears, Doris Boster; brothers, Jackie Wears, Weldon Wears; her husband, Donald A. Wright.
Nina had a great work ethic. While her husband served as Putnam County Sheriff, she was in charge of feeding the inmates and always had more for the Deputies to share. She retired from the Putnam County Sheriffs Tax office and also finished her late husband’s term as Putnam County Circuit Clerk upon his death in 2007. She was a talented quilter and enjoyed to crochet. Nina was also a very fun-loving person, always smiling. She was dedicated to her family and community and loved spending the fun and crazy holidays with her family.
Surviving are her daughter, Christina Browne of Hurricane; sons, Fred Wright (Dee) of Winfield, Bodie Wright (Andrea) of Winfield; grandchildren, Andrew Browne, Adam Wright (Britani), Chad Wright (Katie), Aaron Browne, Matthew Wright, Allie Browne (Ryan Echard), Brandon Wright (Brooklyn Hale), Carrie Wileman (Jon), Zachary and Peyton Frohnapfel; great-grandchildren, Eva, Lucy and Levi Wright, Beau and Shep Wright, Tyler Wileman; sisters, Fern O’Neil (Willy) of Pt. Pleasant, Irene Saunders of Nitro; sister-in-law, Stella Wears of Pliny and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service was Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Bowcott Cemetery, Pliny.

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