Arnold Oliver Yost Sr.


"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Arnold Oliver Yost, Sr., age 96, of Raleigh, WV, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Beckley VA Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
Born December 22, 1922, in Raleigh, he was one of seven children to John Preston and Maggie Turner Yost. He was preceded in death by his siblings: brothers, Otis, Harold "Hip," John P. II, and E. Ted Yost, and sisters, Goldie Meadows and Mildred Burgess. He was the last surviving member of his family.
Arnold was a 1941 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and a state standout athlete. He led the Flying Eagles to State basketball tournaments (1940-1941), finishing runner up in 1940, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team. He was inducted into the WWHS Football and Basketball Halls of Fame and his #4 YOST jersey hangs in the Raleigh County Armory today. Recruited by several Division I schools, he elected to play football at Wake Forest. He later was drafted to play baseball for the New York Giants but his career was cut short by the onset of WWII.
Part of the Greatest Generation, he was a member of the US Army Big Red One, serving his country during WWII for more than three years. On June 6, 1944 (D Day), he was one of the many brave men who defended freedom on the shores of Omaha Beach, Normandy. It is said that a hero is someone who quietly gives his life to something bigger than himself. Arnold Yost was a hero.
"Sam," as he was nicknamed, was employed as a lineman for Appalachian Power Company, retiring after 42 years. He was a faithful member of the West Raleigh Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years. He coached Little League and Midget League teams, serving as both coach and mentor to many area youth.
He enjoyed family gatherings, singing in church, watching sporting events and golfing with his sons and grandsons. A man of humble strength and integrity, he was always present in the lives of his family. Whether in times of hardship as a young boy, in times of sickness or need, or simply by cheering his children and grandchildren from the sidelines, he was unfailing in his support. His faith and family were everything to him and he lived his life as a testament to that fact.
In addition to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death in 2012 by the love of his life and wife of nearly 66 years, Vivian Katherine Mays Yost, and a grandson, Eric McQuillen (Paige).
Left to cherish his memories are his children: daughters, Diana Hopkins and Linda McQuillen (Mike); sons, John P. Yost III (Delores), Arnold "Bo" Yost (Cheryl), and Jeff Yost (Tami); grandchildren, Melissa Carnell, Cassy Goddard and Emily Foster, Kimberly Moles (Ray), Chasity Yost, Chad Yost, Brandon Yost (Crystal), Jordon Yost (Brittany), Corey Yost (Mari), Cailin Martin (Ryan); great grandchildren, Ryan, Cayla, Josh, Morgan, Trevor, Shelby, Levi, Brayden, Lindsey, Chelsey, Tristan, Gavin, Emma, Lailyn, Landry and Reagan; great-great grandchildren, Gracelyn, Violet, Blake, Ali, Little Walt, Daisy, Makenna, Cannon; brothers-in-law, Harold Mays (Betty), Robert Mays (Jeanette); sister-in-law, Margaret Mays, and a host of nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Boyd and the amazing staff at the VA Medical Center, especially those on the 4th floor, who cared so compassionately for him. They became like family to us.
A Celebration of his Life will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel in Beckley with Pastor Roger Pauley officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Prosperity. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Brandon Yost, Jordon Yost, Corey Yost, Josh Goddard, Ryan Martin and George Stepp.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beckley VA Medical Center, 4B Hospice Unit, in his honor.
Private online condolences and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 S Kanawha St, Beckley, WV.
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Debbie Walker
Aug 24, 2019
So Sorry about your Dad
Thinking of you all
Edie Bartoli
Aug 19, 2019
Mr.Yost was a great man. I enjoyed taking care of him. He will be missed greatly. I also enjoyed talking to his kids. I am sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for all of the family gets through this with knowing that he is at peace and with the love of his life
Theresa Kirby-Patterson
Aug 19, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. I have many memories of Mr. Yost and your family from the power company and baseball parks. May God give you peace within your hearts
Pete and Judy Hatcher
Aug 19, 2019
McQuillen Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of grief.
So sorry for your loss.
Donna Thompson
Aug 19, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jane McQuillen
Aug 18, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Yost family in this time of grief .

Fondly remembering Mr. Yost -

James and Jane McQuillen
Gainesville, GA
Aug 17, 2019
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Aug 17, 2019
I was one of many that was blessed by God to meet this wonderful man, I only knew him for a short while, but during that time I observed the love his family had for him, and after seeing that I knew that he was a very special man, full of love and kindness, a solid rock to his children, a testimate to our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, full of grace! Mr Yost your journey has just began, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, May God the Father, and his Son bless all the Yost family, in their time of need, to the Yost family, I love you all, and admire you for honoring your Father. as I have observed on a daily basis. Thank you for sharing your Dad with me