"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." Proverbs 116:15
Raymond Russell Rose, 82, now walks on the streets of pure gold in that city where there is no night. Entering through a gate of pearl, he went to his heavenly home on November 24, 2017. He left this world surrounded by his loving family that will miss him beyond words.
Raymond was the only child of the late Percy and Beulah Gillespie Rose. He was born in Sophia, WV on April 26, 1935. After graduating from Sophia High School, he served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean conflict as the radio technician on the front line of our nation's last defense at Suffolk County Air Force Base in New York. Raymond was a 1961 graduate of West Virginia Institute of Technology where he was listed in the Who's Who of Colleges and Universities.
He taught Industrial Arts and Mechanical Drawing at several area schools including Sophia High School. He served as Recorder for the Town of Sophia, later filling the seat of Mayor.
Raymond was an electrician in the coal mines and a mine safety instructor for Eastern Associated Coal Company. He worked as a technician for a chemical company that covered the mining areas of West Virginia.
Lastly, he worked at the Beckley corporate office of Legacy One/Blue Ridge Funeral Homes. He was also a Sophia business man with Guy Furniture Company, Jimmie's Hair Stylist and Fashions, Mountain William Village, and Mine Safety and Training, Inc.
Accepting the Lord as his personal savior at an early age, he showed Christ's love in his daily life. With a true passion to gain and share knowledge, he taught Adult Sunday School Classes and Prayer Meeting at the Sophia Free Will Baptist Church where he was a member and trustee for over 53 years.
Raymond was blessed with a loving family. He married his childhood sweetheart and best friend, Phyllis Jean Hunt Rose, in 1956. They raised three loving daughters: Rama King and her husband, Michael, Renee Graham and her husband, Jeff, and Rachele Bolen and her husband, Mark; a son, Chris Rutherford of Jonesboro, Arkansas; 9 grandchildren: Celeste (Michael) Rubin, Rhett (Maria) Lawson, India Graham, Cameron (Meagan) Blevins, Scarlet (Nick) Hylton, Wade (Brooke) Lawson, Elizabeth Graham, Rebekah Graham and Will Graham and 8 precious great grandchildren: Ryder Lawson, Rylan Lawson, Maddox Rubin, Mahayla Rubin, Madison Sargent, Makenzie Sargent, Corbin Lawson and Atticus Hylton.
A visitation with the family will be Friday evening, December 1, 2017 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sophia Free Will Baptist Church. A memorial service, officiated by Rev. Bobby Carter and assisted by Rev. Michael Rubin, will be on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at the family area of Hot Coal Cemetery.
Special thanks for the wonderful service provided during his many stays at the Beckley VA Medical Center and his home care PA Tammy Smith and Dr. William Boyd as well as the many others that so compassionately cared for him.
Memorial donations may be made to Bower's Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.
Private online condolences, floral tributes and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net. Raymond's full obit may also be viewed on this same website.
Published on November 28, 2017