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John George Dempsey I, age 86, of Oak Hill, WV, passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Beckley VA Medical Center following an extended illness. Born September 21, 1930, at Ansted, WV, he was the son of the late Edward and Beulah Harrison Dempsey. He was married to his loving wife, Raynell, for 63 years. John was employed by the US Postal Service and retired after 28 years of service. He was a Korean War Veteran and served as Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force as well as Sergeant in the Army National Guard. He graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic College, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Theology. John was licensed to preach the gospel in 1967. He led many souls to God throughout his life through an unselfish following of God's guidance. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for over 55 years. He and his wife Raynell served on the foreign mission field in Europe and Haiti, as well as within the U.S. in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Wisconsin. They traveled to 22 countries and 46 states. In addition to his parents, preceding him in death was his wife, Raynell; daughter in law, Kelli Dempsey; brother, Bernard Dempsey; sisters Othelia Rippetoe, Lena White, Emily Saplak and Janavee Franks; brother in law, Billy Keith; and an infant son. Left to cherish his loving memory are his children, Judy Burnside-Allen of Oak Hill, WV, Jeff Dempsey and Sherry Simmons of Lester, WV, Lesia Fleshman- Paul of Beaver, WV, John Dempsey II of Mt. Nebo, WV; Sister-In Law, Delores Milam of Castlewood, VA; 8 Grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for John will be conducted at 3:00 pm Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill, WV, with Pastor Greg Swisher officiating. Entombment will follow in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, also in Oak Hill. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends and guests may visit with the family from 2:00 pm until time of the services. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations of sympathy to the International Board of Jewish Missions at http://www.ibjm.org/. Online condolences, social media sharing of this notice, and other forms of sympathy may be directed to his family by visiting www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com. Professional Services by High Lawn Funeral Home, 1435 E. Main Street in Oak Hill.
Published on September 1, 2017
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