Ofa Edwin Stump Jr. of Whitesville, formerly Calhoun

Ofa Edwin Stump Jr. of Whitesville, W.Va., died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at his home after a long illness.

He was born July 8, 1919, at Hepzibah, W.Va., a son of the late Rev. Ofa Edwin and Cecile Stump Sr.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Whitesville, the Board of Directors of the Whitesville State Bank with 21 years of service, and was an Army veteran of World War II. He attended West Virginia University.

He was co-founder and president of Branham and Stump Inc., which operated the Ben Franklin Stores in Nitro, Whitesville, St. Albans and Madison, W.Va., and was owner of B&S Air Taxi Service, City Exxon Service Station and City Taxi Service, and had served on various Boone County committees as appointed by the Boone County Commission.

He became a member of the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department in 1936 and has served as chief since 1949.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Louise Showen Stump; two brothers, Leland Jack and Chester Richard Stump; a sister, Edith Stump; his brother-in-law, James E. Calfee; and a special aunt, Zell Stump.

He is survived by a daughter, Ruth Ann Dew and husband, George, of Roswell, Ga.; a son, Ofa Edwin Stump III of Miami, Fla.; a sister, Evelyn Calfee of Whitesville, W.Va.; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Stump of Arlington, Va., and Virginia Stump of Charleston; two granddaughters, Dr. Leigh Anne Dew and Lisa Grenham and husband, Brad; two great-grandchildren, George and Katherine Grenham, all of Portland, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be noon Sunday, April 18, 2004, in the First Baptist Church, Whitesville with the Rev. W. Howard Gwinn. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.