The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 22, 2012

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012


Randolph Thomas Epperly Sr.

OAK HILL — Randolph Thomas Epperly Sr., 87, of Oak Hill, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the Bowers Hospice House.

Born June 10, 1925, at Gatewood, the son of the late Earl Owen Epperly and Mary Louise (Moses) Epperly.

He was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church where he served as Deacon.

He was a WWII Navy veteran. During his military service he received the Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon with one Bronze Star.

After the war, he returned to Fayette County. He worked for Epperly Motor Freight Company in Fayetteville, and he served 30 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Fayette County before retiring.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Rosia Belle Epperly and two brothers Doug Epperly and Myles Epperly.

Those left to cherish his memory include three sons, Randolph Thomas Epperly Jr. and his wife Susan of Oak Hill, John Earl Epperly and his wife Clara of Richmond, Va., and Michael Wayne Epperly and his wife Kathy of Pittsburgh, Pa.; five sisters, Margarite Null of Fayetteville, Jean Hunt and her husband Keith of Hico, Barbara McGuffin and her husband Emory of Oak Hill, Betty Nahodil and her husband Bob of Jumping Branch, and Shirley Shumaker and her husband Ray of Ravenswood; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

His remains rest at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, 1435 E. Main Street, Oak Hill. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Oak Hill Baptist Church, 613 Lundale Drive, Oak Hill, where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Bryan Knight and Rev. David White officiating.

Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military rites conducted by the Oak Hill V.F.W. Post 3110.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory be made to the Oak Hill Baptist Church, 613 Lundale Drive, Oak Hill, WV 25901.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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