| Longtime community
servant Deward Offutt of Millstone has died at age 83. He had been suffering with
cancer for a considerable time.|
The Calhoun Commission passed a resolution last night: Resolved, this first day of March, 2004, we recognize the long-time service of Deward Offutt to the Calhoun community, as a Calhoun Commissioner and a community servant in many different roles. We express our condolences to his family.
McCallister, President; Rick Sampson, Commissioner and Bob Weaver,
He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, class of 1940, serving in WWII
from 1942-1946 in the South Pacific and in the Reserves from 1946-1949. He was
retired from Hildreth Oil & Gas and Kingsbury Oil & Gas. He served 45 years on
the Little Kanawha Soil Conservation District Board and served on the RC&D
He was one of the original founders of West Fork Community Action and helped
with the organization of the West Virginia Molasses Festival. He served as
Calhoun County Commissioner from 1967-1975. He was a member of the Louisa
Chapel Arnoldsburg U.M. Church for 70 years. Most recently he attended the Sand
Ridge U.M. Church.
He was born September 6, 1920 near the farm where he spent his life. He was the
son of the late Arthur and Etta Whytsell Offutt.
He is survived by his wife, Byrnadeen of 55 years; his son, D. Lention and Karen
Offutt of Elizabeth, WV; his daughter, Sherlene and Kenny Conley of Millstone and
three granddaughters, Melissa and Sarah and Hannah Conley; and a sister, Delma
Kemper of Millstone.
He was preceded in death by an infant son and a brother, Denver Offutt.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to
Camden-Clark Housecalls Hospice, The West Fork Community Park, or the Sand
Ridge U.M. Church.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at Stump Funeral
Home, Arnoldsburg, WV. Rev. Rick Swearingen and Rev. Cleston Garrett will
officiate. Interment will be in the Sturm Cemetery at Millstone. Friends may call at
the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.