Gerald H. Metheny of Elkins, departed this life Monday, May 26, 2014, in Colonial Place. He had been in declining health.
He was born in Elkins, Jan. 9, 1925, a son of the late Henry M. and Pearl Mae Metheny.
On March 28, 1946, he was married to the former Mildred A. Coffman, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Jerry M. Metheny, D.D.S. and wife, Martha Ratliff Metheny; three granddaughters, Ryann Lee Metheny Phillips and husband, Chris Phillips, of Fairmont; Lt. Chelsea Elizabeth Metheny of San Diego; and Sydney Michael Metheny of Elkins; two great-grandchildren, Leyland Elizabeth Phillips and Parker Michael Phillips of Fairmont; one brother, Kermit Q. Metheny of Archdale, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death, besides his parents, are two sisters, Mabel Dumire and Erma Siler; and five brothers, Blaine, Clair, Russell Lee, Thurman H. and Junior Ray Metheny. He graduated from Elkins High School in 1943. Gerald served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1943 to 1946, having served as a storekeeper first class. His entire naval duty was aboard the USS Cossatot, a tanker which served as a fleet oiler. He saw action in both the Atlantic and the Pacific theaters and participated in three major engagements – Okinawa, Iwo Jima and Japan. After leaving the Navy, he worked more than 30 years for the Kroger company. He was the store manager of the Elkins location at the time of his retirement. Following his retirement, he sold insurance for Bankers Life and Casualty Co. Mr. Metheny enjoyed golfing and gardening. However, his favorite activity was spending time with his granddaughters and great-grandchildren. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge.
The family will receive friends at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, May 29. Final rites will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parli officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens near Gilman.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the First Baptist Church of Elkins, 412 Randolph Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 or to the charity of choice in memory of Mr. Metheny. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Gerald H. Metheny. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.