Kyle L. Emerson, 81 - Cox's Mill

Kyle L. Emerson, age 81 of Cox's Mill, WV, departed this life at 6:30 a.m., Monday, May 6, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

He was born November 30, 1931 in Gilmer County, a son of the late Racy and Rita Langford Emerson.

Kyle was a graduate of Troy High School Class of 1948; a graduate of Glenville State College in 1978 and did master's degree work through Marshall University.

A 27 year military veteran, his career began in 1948 when he began serving in the Army Air Force. He was security services during the Korean Conflict and also served in Vietnam as a radio code expert. At the time of his retirement he was writing the security history of the US Air Force.

After his retirement he was co-owner of the Gilmer Guardian and was a former editor of the Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder. He was librarian for several years for the Gilmer County Public Library.

He loved to fish, hunt, bird watch, do genealogy and was a writer and poet.

Kyle was first married to Jean Cox Emerson who preceded him in death December 9, 1991 and currently married to Anna Emerson of Tulsa, OH.

There are six children, Kathleen Kimble of Glenville; Richard Emerson and wife Celeste of Laurel MD, Constance Gray and husband Willard of Cox's Mill; Charles Emerson of Cox's Mill; Patricia Bailey and husband Everett of Cox's Mill and Renita Benson and husband Neal of Glenville; three step-children, Brenda Gray and husband Bruce of St. Peters, Missouri, Richard Lister and wife Joan of St. Peters, Missouri and Judi Smith and husband Roy of Tulsa, OK; 13 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 7 step-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., 2 Vanhorn Dr. Glenville, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 with Rev. Dwight Goff officiating. Burial will follow in the Horn Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Cox's Mill. Friends may call at the Mortuary from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Kyle L. Emerson with arrangements.