Meredith Overholt Trent, 89 years, died March 4, 2018 at Bowers Hospice House after a long illness.
Born June 19, 1928 in Marlinton WV, he was the son of the late Tom Watson and Gertrude Overholt Trent.
In his early years, he lived in Williamson, WV and Richlands, VA before moving with his family to Beckley in 1944. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson in 1945. He attended Concord College, and was a three-year letterman on the football team, president of Proctor's Council, and a recipient of the "Key of Excellency" citizenship award upon graduation in 1949.
He taught briefly at Montcoal-Stickney before entering the military during the Korean War, serving from Nov. 1950 to Nov. 1952. He was stationed in Japan and assigned to the US Army 16th Corps, serving as a cryptographer.
Following his discharge, he attended WVU, earning his Master's Degree Jan. 1954. He taught one semester at Beaver Elementary before becoming teacher-coach at Mark Twain. He finished his teaching career at Woodrow Wilson where he taught sociology, world history, American history, and economics from 1962 to 1988. At retirement he was chairperson of the Social Studies Department.
Following his retirement, he enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends. He was an avid sports fan, and particularly enjoyed rooting on the Mountain Lions of Concord College, WWHS Flying Eagles, and his beloved WVU Mountaineers. He was a member of the Beckley Presbyterian Church, the VFW, and the state and county Retired Teachers Associations.
He enjoyed listening to "classic jazz" and "big band" music and watching movies from his large collections. The challenge of crossword puzzles, cryptograms, and jigsaw puzzles always fascinated him. He also took pleasure in landscaping and caring for his lawn at his home until a succession of surgeries made it too difficult to continue. He was especially proud of his small tomato garden and many beautiful flowers.
He is survived by his devoted wife, caretaker, and best friend Etheline Fink Trent and 4 children: daughter Gale Trent Kirby and husband Jim Jr. of Fairmont; 3 sons, all of the immediate Beckley area: Bruce Trent and wife Rebecca, Meredith Lee Trent and wife Trudy, Kevin Trent and wife Cindy. He is also survived by his twin sister Pam Trent Keyser of Beckley; grandchildren: James Kirby III and wife Joanne of Charleston; Gregory Kirby and wife Tresa of Richmond; Scott Kirby of Charleston; Jordan Trent and fiancée Jackie of Huntington; Jacqueline Trent Jarrell, husband Brad of Shady Springs and mother Karen Trent Legg of Beckley; Shannon Trent of Greenville; step-grandchildren: Leigh Anne Canterbury, husband Ben and sons Blaine and Talon Shockey; Troy Riffe, wife Miranda and daughter Annalyse; Kelli Koutsunis McKinney, husband Scott and children Summer and Tyler; Kevin Koutsunis, wife Emily and children Grace and Kassie; sisters-in-laws: Gerline Fink Lilly and Arline Fink Mathis; great-grandchildren: Aurelia, Patrick, and Colin Kirby of Charleston; Estella, Teddy, Ben, and Phillip Kirby of Richmond; Grayson and Jackson Jarrell of Shady Springs; Cayden Kirby of Parkersburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Tod Trent and wife Irma; mother and father-in-law Bertha and Leffie Fink; sisters-in-law: Gailene Fink DeLuca and husband Gene, Madeline Fink McGinnis and husband Warren; brothers-in-law: Tom Keyser, Billy Fink, Bernard Fink and wife Evelyn, Basil Fink, John Lilly; nephew: Todd Meredith Trent; and nieces: Sheila McGinnis Yellets and Judith Mathis.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 8 at 11:00 at Melton Mortuary with Rev. Jim Burton officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley with military rites. Visitation will be March 7 at Melton Mortuary from 6:00 to 8:30 and March 8 at 10:00.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Bower Hospice House of Beckley or the Beckley Presbyterian Church.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers: Jim, Greg, and Scott Kirby; Jordan Trent; Brad Jarrell; Danny Lilly.
Published on March 6, 2018