The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 2, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, January 2, 2014



Robert C. Ripley, Sr.

Robert (Bob) C. Ripley Sr. , 89, of Rainelle, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013, in the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea, with his sons, Carl and David, as well as Dr. Haven N. Wall, Jr., M.D. by his side.

Born September 14, 1924, in Rainelle, he was the son of the late John and Ruth Carr Ripley.

Bob was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 61 years, Mary Frances Whitlock Ripley, June 5, 2009; 2 brothers Fred Ripley, September 28, 1996, and John Stuart Ripley, January 13, 2011; and one brother-in-law Merrill Whitlock, September 7, 1997.

An active member of the Rainelle United Methodist Church since 1956 until his mobility declined last year. Bob sang in the choir and was active in a variety of other capacities including serving as treasurer of the Trustee Committee for over 50 years.  From 1943 through 1952, Bob worked at Johnstown Coal and Coke, Belburn and the Burnrite Coal Company.  In 1953, he became a salesman at Deligne Ford and Mercury in Ansted.  In 1956, he went back to work at Johnstown Coal and Coke at the No. 4 mine at Panther Creek.  In 1958, he joined Dodson-Hager Ford at Rupert and was sales manager through 1963 through 1990. 

Bob was one of the original directors at First State Bank and Trust of Rainelle, now City National Bank, for 25 years where he served as chairman of the board for a number of years.  As a civic minded person, he was active on the Rainelle Town Council for years as well as serving on the Greenbrier County Planning Commission.

A few weeks ago in early December, Bob was recognized and honored in receiving a 45 year member pin for his dedication and work with the Rainelle Lion’s Club.  He was also a 48 year member of the Midland Trail Masonic Lodge, #166.

Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother and uncle.  He cherished spending time with family and friends.

Bob is survived by two sons Robert Carl Ripley, Jr. of Arlington, Virginia and David Ripley and wife Beth of Fredericksburg, Virginia; 2 granddaughters Kristin Grigonis and husband Brandon of Gloucester, Virginia and Kaitlyn Ripley and fiance Eric Rehbein of Fredericksburg, Virginia; 1 great-granddaughter Arber Grigonis of Gloucester, VA; 2 brothers Jim Ripley (Padi) of Austin, Texas and Sam Ripley (Marlene) of Rainelle; 6 sisters Betty Blackburn of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Helen Hanson of Rainelle, Peggy Barker of New Orleans, LA, Phyllis Cool (Keith) of Ripley, Shirley Osborne (Charles) of Tampa. FL and Vivian Lusher of Rainelle; 1 sister-in-law Mary Ray Whitlock of Cornstalk; and a host of nieces, nephews, other fond relatives and friends.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014, in the Rainelle United Methodist Church with Pastor Sam Groves officiating, assisted by Rev. Ron McCauley. Entombment will be in the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum at Clintonville.

Friends may call Friday, January 3, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc. and one before the service on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Rainelle United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 646, 617 Kanawha Avenue, Rainelle, WV 25962.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

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