by Fred Pace
WHITMAN, W.Va. — Billy Joe Elkins, 79, of Whitman, departed this life Monday, January 28, 2013, at his home.
Born May 8, 1933, in Logan County, he was a son of the late Frank Nelson and Fonnie White Burgess.
Mr. Elkins was a retired coal miner, a graduate of Logan High School, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp serving during the Korean Conflict, and a member of the Maryetta United Baptist Church where he was also a member of the Men’s Fellowship and choir. Billy Joe also was a lifetime member of the Logan Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, and worked with FEMA.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Avonell Bias Elkins; daughters, Lois Ellen (Bart) Gore of Whitman, Billietta (Dave) Adams and Bernice Ann Stratton, all of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grandchildren Lindsey Gore, Emily Gore, Denise Tomblin, Aaron Stratton, Chandra Burton-Bailey and Joseph Charles Burton, and four great-grandchildren, Jadin Bailey, Dominic Tomblin, Johnny Burton and Jackson Burton. Billy Joe leaves behind many other relatives and good friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, at the Maryetta United Baptist Church at Verdunville with Pastor Lonnie Gore Jr. and Rev. Barney Goins officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby with Military Graveside Rites.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.honakerfuneralhome.org
Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.
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