Elmer Ray Wamsley, 91, a resident of Mill Creek, passed from this life, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown resulting from injuries sustained in an auto accident on Aug. 7, 2012.
Elmer was born Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1921, at Jerusalem, a son of the late William Jonathan Wamsley and Addie Mae Shreve Wamsley.
On July 20, 1953, he was married to the former Amolia "Molly" Rose Lipovec, who preceded him in death during 1990.
Elmer is survived by two sons, Johnny R. Wamsley and wife, Linda, and James E. Wamsley and wife, Lisa, all of Mill Creek; three siblings, Ruth Mills of Union, Mason Nile Wamsley of Akron, Ohio, and Edith Chewning of Canton, Ohio; two grandsons, Ryan Matthew Wamsley of Valley Bend and Nicholas Ray Wamsley of Mill Creek; one sister-in-law, Sophie Allender of Dennison, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Elmer in death were five siblings, Floyd Wamsley, Lacy Wamsley, William Gearld "Bill" Wamsley, Bertha Pierson and Ralph "Biggie" Wamsley.
Elmer graduated from Tygarts Valley High School with the class of 1940. He served the United States Army during World War II as a field lineman in Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 319th Infantry in the European Theatre. He retired from Hayes Scott Fence & Lumber Co., where he worked as a mechanic and a truck driver. As a man who knew the value of hard work, Elmer also enjoyed life through being outdoors, hunting, gardening, cutting firewood, working on trucks and dirt track racing where he helped Defibaugh Racing for many years. He loved spending time with his family and was a Methodist by faith.
Visitation will be conducted at Randolph Funeral Home on Monday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. William Lanham will officiate and interment will follow in the Jerusalem Cemetery at Mill Creek where members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the West Virginia Honor Guard will conduct full military honors.
The family asks that contributions be made to the Huttonsville-Mill Creek Fire Department, P.O. Box 66, Huttonsville, WV 26273. The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Elmer Ray Wamsley. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.