Sep. 12, 1921 Cranberry Raleigh County West Virginia, USA
Jun. 28, 2011 Crab Orchard Raleigh County West Virginia, USA
John W. "Bill" Almond, 89, died June 28, 2011 surrounded by family in Crab Orchard, WV after a long illness.
Mr. Almond was born September 12, 1921, in Cranberry, WV to English immigrant Levi and Jennie Bell Almond who preceded him in death. He was the 3rd of 14 children and oldest son. He lived his entire life in Raleigh County including Cranberry, Lego, Rhodell, and MacArthur spending the last year on Spring Street in Beckley with his "baby daughter" Joyce.
Bill graduated from Stoco High School in 1937 at the age of 16 and began a long career working at Lego Company Store.
When his country called, Bill proudly served in the U.S Navy in WW II aboard the USS Kwajalein in the Pacific Theatre. He routinely boasted that he and all of his eight brothers and 3 brother-in-laws served in the US Military. He was owner of Almond's Market in Rhodell for 25 years. He retired from the US Post Office serving as Post Master at MacArthur. After retirement he stayed very active by volunteering at Jackie Withrow/Pinecrest Hospital in the canteen where he received numerous awards including Volunteer of the Year in 1994 and at Helping Hands Community Resource Center, both in Beckley. He was well known for his humour, dry wit and practical jokes. He also spent lots of time with his grandchildren taking them camping and basically anywhere they wanted to go. His interests included family, gardening, music, woodworking, boating and reading. He attended St. Marys United Methodist Church, S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.
Mr. Almond is survived by his wife Freda Archer Almond; sons William D. (John) and wife Jane, Jeffrey and wife Pat, daughters Judi Almond, Jennifer Milam and husband Barry, Joyce Almond; Step-son Jerry Thompson and wife Pam; grandchildren John Cook and wife Carolyn, Elain Milam, Paul Almond and wife Angel, Aryn Henry and husband Clint, Kelsey Almond, Justin Milam; and great-grandchildren Warren Edwards, Michaleigh Adkins, Dylan Henry, Elizabeth Adkins and Isabella Almond; brothers L. G. (Junior) and wife Arna Mae, Richard (Dicky) and wife Jeraldine, Donald (Donny) and wife Kitty; Theodore (Ted) and wife Betty, Michael (Mickey) and wife Loretha; sisters Peggy Jo Shiver and husband Leon, Carol Bailey and husband Dickie, Rose Johnson and husband Harry; Sister-in-laws Carol Ann Almond and Vera Bundy and numerous nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Almond was preceded in death by his first wife and Mother to his children Evelyn Belcher Almond, brothers Fred Almond and his wife Drema, Robert (Jack) Almond; Gerald (Jerry) Almond; sisters Katherine Giletto and husband James, Margaret Jenkins and husband Paul, and Mary Almond.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 pm at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Prosperity on Thursday June 30. A memorial service will be at 1 pm on July 1, 2011 at Blue Ridge with visitation one hour prior.
Pallbearers will be John Cook, Paul Almond, Clint Henry, Justin Milam, Jim Kiser, Ted Almond, Jr., Tom Almond and Franklin Almond.
In lieu of flowers the family would request donations be sent to Helping Hands Community Resource Center, 106 1st Street, Beckley, WV 25801.
Funeral arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Homes and Memorial Gardens.