Woodrow Houston Yokum, 91, a resident of Beverly, departed this life early Wednesday morning, May 28, 2014, in Ruby Memorial Hospital at
He was born Saturday, Aug. 5, 1922, at Beverly, a son of the late Clarence Warren Yokum Sr. and Rose Blake Stalnaker Yokum.
On Dec. 23, 1945 at the First Baptist Church at Elkins, he was married to the former Wanda Jean Hill, who preceded him in death March 13, 2012.
Surviving are one daughter, Sherri L. Elliott and husband, Harry, of Beverly; one sister, Carrie Culver of Florence, Ky.; a very special niece, Linda L. Peterson of Beverly; two grandchildren, Jeffery Riggleman and wife, Katrina, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Amy Zervos and husband, Nick, of Morgantown; five great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Riggleman, Logothetis, Saige, Theophis and Ariah Zervos; two stepgrandsons, Todd Elliott and wife, Mary, of Buckhannon and Brian Elliott and wife, Tiffany, of Elkins; five stepgreat-grandchildren, Danielle, Kylie, Marty, Austin and Aaron; and three nieces, Bette Bates and Gwen Bumgardner, both of Knoxville, Tenn., and April Curry and husband, Glenn, of Hebron, Ky.; and one nephew, Terry Yokum and wife, Jenny, of Oregon.
Preceding him in death were one brother, Clarence Warren Yokum Jr.; and two sisters, Dorothy Peterson and infant Genevieve Yokum.
He was a graduate of Beverly High School with the class of 1940 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He along with his wife owned and operated the Beverly Store for 45 years. He was a licensed pilot for 45 years and was a founding member of the Civil Air Patrol. He was a member of Randolph Lodge 55, A.F. & A.M and Beverly Presbyterian Church.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins Saturday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Joanne Glaser will officiate, and interment will follow in the Earle Cemetery at Beverly, where the Randolph Lodge 55, A.F. & A.M. will conduct Masonic graveside rites.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Woodrow Houston Yokum. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.