William “Emmitt” Word Jr., 82, of Beckley, WV crossed over Jordan and entered into heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, August 5, 2019.
Born September 17, 1936 in Friendship, Oklahoma, he was the son of the late William Emmitt Word, Sr. and Ruth Harrington Word.
In 1955 Emmitt entered the Army where he served one tour in the Korean War and two tours in the Vietnam War as a First Sergeant. He was a decorated veteran who served his country for fifteen years. After working as a First Sergeant in the Army, Emmitt began working for UPS where he retired after twenty years. His greatest job in this life though was teaching and preaching God’s word. He was a Pastor for fifty years and found joy in teaching others about his Lord and Savior.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and his beloved grandson Timothy Word.
Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved and cherished wife of sixty-two years, Barbara; sister, Ladell of Oklahoma; son, William Word III (Bubs) and wife, Lori, of Matheny; daughters, Ladell and husband, Ray Hanson, of Oak Hill and Penny and husband, Clyde Lawson, of Cirtsville; grandsons, Jonathan Word of Winston-Salem, NC; Nick Hanson of Oak Hill and Josh Richardson of Oak Hill; special grandchildren, Tabitha Waddell-Brown of Daytona Beach, Fl and Steven McNair of Pineville; seven great grandchildren and a host of family and friends.
The family would like to thank the VA Medical Center, CAMC, Ruby Memorial, and Hospice of Southern West Virginia for the care they have provided Emmitt and the family.
Private services will be held for the family.
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Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, WV