Vesford "Pete" Bias

HEWETT, W.Va. — Vesford "Pete" Arnett Bias, 85, of Hewett, went home to be with the Lord Fri., June 6, 2014, after a long illness.

Born April 3, 1929, he was preceded in death by his father Sebert Bias; mother, Blanche Bias Hager; stepfather, Jack Hager, and sisters, Phyllis Chirico and Madeline Raines.

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years of marriage, Ella Bias; daughters, Judy (Ralph) Cook, Connie (Bobby) Ferrell, and Karen (Randy) Akers, all of Hewett; son, Butch (Brenda) Bias of Wytheville, Va.; sister, Jenny Toney of Chauncey; brother, Kenneth Hager of Hewett; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Pete retired with 43 years of service in underground coal mining and was a member of Local 2935 of the United Mine Workers of America. Upon retiring, he received the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Certificate of Honor for working more than 40 years without incurring a lost-time injury. He was also a longtime member of the Spencer Methodist Church of Hewett.

Pete will be sadly missed by all those whose lives he has touched throughout his life. Thanks to the caregivers, nurses and all those who supported the family during his time of illness.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tues., June 10, at Handley Funeral Home at Danville with Rev. Roger McCauley officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Memorial Park at Danville.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

You may express your condolences to the family at

Handley Funeral Home of Danville is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home

Handley Funeral Home - Danville
439 Phipps Ave. PO Box 175  Danville, WV 25053
(304) 369-0718

Published in The Logan Banner from June 9 to June 10, 2014