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Roy Pursley

Roy Lee Pursley

Friday, April 17th, 1936 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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Roy Lee Pursley, 83, Mt. Zion, WV was taken on the wings of angels on March 25, 2020 after a brief illness.

Roy was born April 17, 1936 to the late Oral and Velma Summerville Pursley in Roane County, WV.

After graduation Roy served in the Army during the Korean War. He was instrumental in communications in the DMZ. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Ohio, owned and operated, along with his wife and brother, a long-distance trucking company hauling coast to coast. He owned and operated, along with his wife, Pursley’s Furniture and Appliance for many years in Grantsville, WV. He was retired from Department of Highways as Assistant Superintendent with 25 years of service. He also drove bus for Committee on Aging for several years. Roy was an avid hunter who loved being in the woods and hunting with his friends.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brother James Pursley and a special cousin Joan Whisman Satterfield.

Roy is survived his loving wife, Sharon R. Kerby Pursley, whom he married on March 28, 1959; sister Madge Pursley Gainer who resides in Ohio with her daughter, Kathy; special sister-in-law Virginia Pursley; several nieces and nephews, Rodney Parrill, Kathy and Sharon, and Jimmy and Jamie along with close family friends, Jerry and Doris Riggs; Glen, Twila, Amanda and Brian Roach; John, Sami and Nick Abraham; Steve, Chad and Tia Satterfield; and Jim, Brenda and Regina Jones. Roy and Rose Pursley became family to Nolan and Nancy Ritchie and their children, Melanie Ritchie Arthur and Zeb and Brian Ritchie. A bond was formed that will never be broken. Teri Liles was a special friend and caregiver who lovingly saw to the comforts and necessities of Roy and his wife. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

A private family service will be conducted by Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com
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  • Service

    Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc.-Grantsvile
    107 Market St.
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    Rev. Rick Metheney
  • Interment

    Mt. Zion UMC Cemetery
    Rt. 16 S
    Mt. Zion , WV 26151
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Allison Farrell

Posted at 10:57am
I have so many fond memories. Uncle Roy had a dry sense of humor and loved to tease us as kids. Him and Aunt Rosalie bought us our first new bicycles. He was a great man, according to my Mom, he was Grandma's favorite. I could truly see that because he had a quiet strength to be admired. I will always remember him being that tall, lanky gentleman with a ready smile. I know he is in heaven with our loved ones, we will see you again, Until then..... Love Sharon

Allison Farrell

Posted at 10:54am
We love you Uncle Roy! "Shorty"- John, Allison, Liv, Charlee Farrell

Bob Weaver

Posted at 05:30pm
Roy has been a friend for 60 years. His generous nature to his family, friends and the Calhoun community will long be remembered. Rest. Bob Weaver

Beverly J Wright

Posted at 07:38am
My sincere condolences to the Pursley family on the loss of Roy. Thank You Mr Purlsey for your military service, it was greatly appreciated by our generation. I knew Roy through my husband, Bob, as they were DOH workers. He was a very engaging man and we talked many times about nature. He and Bob talked about cars & trucks, Roy Fords & Bob Chevys. He was a friendly, smart, very funny, & loving gentleman and I am sure will be greatly missed. May God send HIs Blessings to this family during this difficult time. God Bless Beverly

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