Blue Ridge Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, WV


Fred C Vest

December 19, 1922July 30, 2020

Fred Charles Vest, 97 of Mabscott, passed away on July 30, 2020 at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley. Fred was born Dec 19, 1922 at Jumping Branch in Summers County, WV. He was the son of Arthur Jackson Vest and Mary Elizabeth Light. Fred was preceded in death by his wife Clara Lee; grandson Scott Alan Stover; two great-grandchildren Timothy and Thomas Polk; brothers Hubert and Jack Vest; and sisters Faye Lilly, Glada Vest and Helen Bailey. Fred served in World War II in the Asian Pacific Theater and The Philippine Liberation. He was very proud of his service to his country and that he was able to serve it in it's time of need. He was very proud of his family and stayed involved in all family activities. He liked to work on his woodworking and made many projects to give as gifts. He liked bike riding, fishing and gardening and walking in the woods and stayed active as long as he was able. He was a retired coal miner working and retiring from Slab Fork Coal Company. Fred was a member of Hollywood Missionary Baptist Church. Those left to cherish his memory are his 4 daughters, Regina Buchanan husband Ron, Linda West husband John, Debra Ferguson, and Elizabeth Wooten. He leaves 10 surviving grandchildren Lesley Bartoli, Shari Polk, Robert Buchanan, Joseph Buchanan, Eric Lee Stover, Johnny West, Yvonne Tackett, Kelly Bloomberg, Sabrina Pack and Samuel Wooten; 24 great-grandchildren Katrina Hastings, Rebecca Bartoli, Casey Bartoli, Jessica Polk, Andrew Polk, Daniel Polk, Joshua Polk, Emily Polk, Benjamin Polk, James Polk, Dylan Buchanan, Noah Buchanan, Abigail Buchanan, Henry Buchanan (pending), Chyna Stover, Brandon Stover, Jacob Rakes, Robert A. Tackett, Jaxson Dean Bloomberg (pending), Mason Todd Pack, Anthony Santana, Angelina Crisler, Jack Crisler and Daniel Crisler; 7 great- great-grandchildren James Hastings the 4th, Ren Hastings, Kathryn Polk, Rykar Polk, Xaviar Cole, Alexander Rakes, Charlie Breanna Stover and many nieces and nephews. He was a large part of all of his family, loved dearly and will be greatly missed. Services will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 1:00 P.M at Blue Ridge funeral home with Pastor Andrew Bailey officiating. Family will receive friends from 11A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com In keeping with the CDC guidelines all guests are required to wear face coverings.


  • Samuel Wooten
  • Todd Pack
  • Robert Tackett
  • Eric Stover
  • Phillip Polk
  • Benjamin Polk


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

  • Interment

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020


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Toni Cutson

August 4, 2020

Will always remember his smile and gentle voice and quiet laugh.

Tommy & Joetta Lilly

August 3, 2020

We were sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Fred. His memory will always be in our hearts. Sincere condolences to the family.

Sharon Cullop

August 1, 2020

Fred will always be remembered with his twinkling eye and ever present sweet smile. A brother in the Lord is greatly missed. Love and God’s great strength and comfort to all the family.

janie crace

August 1, 2020

My sister Jackie and I always loved being able to visit with Uncle Fred and family. We had moved to Ohio when we were young and did not get back as often as we wanted . He was such a quiet shy man but we always knew how much he loved his family. He will be missed and want to send my Love to his family Janie


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