William E. ‘Bill’ Stump

William E. “Bill” Stump, 84, of Parkersburg, went home to be with the Lord on June 8, 2013, at Arbors of Marietta.

He was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Morgantown, W.Va., a son of the late Lee and Nellie Rowan Stump.

Bill graduated from WVU where he was in the ROTC program and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning to Parkersburg, he co-founded Sunset Memory Gardens in 1956 with his brother, John. He was a longtime board member of the West Virginia Cemetery Association and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church.

He is survived by one son, William Patrick Stump of Snowshoe, W.Va.; one daughter, Lynn Stump Nicholson and her husband, John, of Parkersburg; six grandchildren, Michael Stump of Belpre, Ohio, Holly Stump Burnside, Andrew and Marc Stump, all of Parkersburg, Kelly Nicholson of Charlotte, N.C., and Alex Nicholson of Snowshoe, W.Va.; four great-grandchildren, Chloe and Colton Stump and Caden and Cody Burnside; special nieces and nephews, John David Stump of Belpre, Rebecca Brunk of California, Tom VanHorn of Lewisburg, Robin VanHorn of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Deb Easterling of Smithfield, Va.; and many special grand nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Frances Stump; one son, Richard Michael Stump; one brother, John R. Stump; two sisters, Helen VanHorn and Tilly Stump; two stepbrothers; and two stepsisters.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Dr. Kurt Busiek officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum with military rites by American Legion Post 15. Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.sunsetparkersburg.com

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Stump’s honor to Emmanuel Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 1710 23rd St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.