Carrol Burnard Currence, 92, a resident of Valley Bend, departed peacefully from this life July 28, 2014, surrounded by his family.
He was born to Jacob and Almira Currence, of High Germany, on April 20, 1922.
He attended the High Germany School and was wed to Zelma Virginia "Sissy" Tenney on Feb. 20, 1942 in Tallmansville.
They first resided on the Currence family farm in High Germany and later in Blue Rock. Carrol and Sissy shared 71 joyous years of marriage.
In 1942, Carrol was drafted into the service of the United States Army. He was stationed in Tullahoma, Tenn. During his military service, Carrol shared his love of music with those surrounding him. Before returning home from service, he was honored by the privilege of opening the radio broadcast for the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville singing, "Turn Your Radio On." Once home, Carrol worked as a sawyer and teamster for some of the fabled logging operations located between Cass and Pickens. While those years of his life were filled with arduous work and hazardous conditions, he loved to share vibrant memories relating to the men with whom he worked and the experiences they shared. In 1955, Carrol departed the logging industry in order to be closer to his growing family. Equipped with the training gained from military service, he commenced work for Peerless Coal Co. near Blue Rock. He later worked for Roaring Creek Coal, Demotto-Peerless Coal and finished his career with Carter-Roag Coal. His service to the local coal industry included many capacities such as managing the coal tipple, operating equipment, supply and underground work. Carrol loved the Lord and lived his life according to Christian principles. He was instrumental to the continued growth of the Blue Rock United Methodist Church. As a lifelong member, he provided substantial volunteer support for much of the church's functions from 1950 through late 1970. With his wife, he nurtured and raised six children with immense pride.
Surviving are Karen Shiflett and husband, Jimmy, of Mill Creek, Elmer Currence of Daily, Geraldine Chewning and husband, Dale, of Mill Creek, Greg Currence and wife, Karen, of Valley Bend, Clara "Vernie" McNeal and husband, Coy, of Valley Bend and Teena Wallace of Beverly. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Leslie Shiflett of Beverly, Randy Chewning of Mill Creek, Eric Shiflett of Raleigh, N.C., Tammy Hinzman of Valley Bend, Jeff Chewning of Mill Creek, Douglas Currence of Morgantown, Ashley Walker of Crozet, Va., J.C. Wallace of Mill Creek, Kathleen Sharp of Valley Bend and Seth Currence of Daily. Additional family members include seven great-grandchildren, Alex Hinzman, Hannah Shiflett, Lucas, Lilly and Liam Currence and Jones and Cecelia Walker. Carrol is survived by his siblings, Macel Tenney of Mill Creek, Marvin "Shorty" Currence of Cassity, Eleanor Demotto of Coalton, O.B. Currence of Mabie, Zella Mae Pastine of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Deloris Shank of Bridgewater, Va., Mary Hall of Ruckersville, Va., and Clyde Currence of Buckhannon.
Preceding Carrol in death were parents, Jacob and Almira; wife Sissy; infant daughter, Rosalie; brothers, Jimmy, Loren and Junior Currence; granddaughter, Kimberly Gil; and great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Isabelle Gil.
The family will greet friends at Tomblyn Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening, July 31. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning at Tomblyn Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Kyle officiating and Pastor Tristen Tenney assisting. The interment will follow in Blue Rock Church Cemetery where presentation of the American Flag will be made by members of the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard Program.
The family suggests that contributions be made to the Jerusalem Methodist Church in memory of Carrol Currence in care of Evelyn Jenkins HC-58 Box 64, Mill Creek WV 26280. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Carrol Burnard Currence. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.