Shelbia Kerns

Shelbia Jean Kerns, 76, a resident of Valley Bend, passed from this life Thursday morning, Nov. 7, 2013, at home.

Shelbia was born in Mercer County, a daughter of the late Harry Mills and Grace Wood Mills.

On Dec. 13, 1980, in North Carolina, she married Dale Kerns, who survives in Valley Bend.

Also left to cherish Shelbia’s memory are her children, Wilbert Lee Blankenship and wife, Laura, of Washington, Vida Jean Roy and husband, Dean, of Lost Creek, Virginia Lou Lohr of North Carolina, Royal Leon Blankenship and wife, Jewell, of Dixie, Martha Ann Hamrick of Charleston, Tony Lee Barnhart and wife, Susan, of Virginia, Regina Coffey Brogden and husband, Jimmy, of North Carolina, Tim Kerns and wife, Carol, of Virginia and Terry Kerns and wife, Laura, of Hawaii; one brother, Jim Mills and wife, Shelby, of Montgomery; and one sister, Vivian Steele and husband, Tim, of Anstead.

Preceding Shelbia in death besides her parents was one son, Aaron Blankenship.

She had worked as the food service manager for the Bethel School System in North Carolina. She thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and fishing with her husband, Dale. Shelbia was a fine Christian woman and attended Elkins Church of God.

Visitation will be conducted at the Randolph Funeral Home today from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. Pastor Jamie Estep will officiate, and interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens in Gilman.

The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Shelbia Jean Kerns. Send online condolences to the family at