Claude J. Stump Sr

Claude James Stump Sr., 75, of 366 Bethel Road, Beckley , died 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, at his home following a long illness. Born Jan. 3, 1923, at Fitzpatrick, he was the son of the late John Swanson Stump and Carrie Smith Stump. Mr. Stump was a retired coal miner from Westmoreland Coal Company with 36 years of service, and was a member of the UMWA. He was a lifelong resident of the Beckley area, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, and a member of the Church of God Worship Center at MacArthur. Mr. Stump enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and baseball. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary and Tommy Stump; a sister, Virginia Parsons, and a son-in-law, Larry Hardbarger. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Pauline Gravely Stump; three sons, Claude J. Stump Jr. and his wife, Cathy, of Old Eccles Road, Beckley, Ernie Stump of MacArthur, and Steven Stump and his wife, Dana, of Cool Ridge; a daughter, Anna Stump Hardgarger and her fiance, Don Lilly, of MacArthur; two brothers, William "Bud" Stump and his wife, Martha, of MacArthur, and Ted Stump and his wife, Clara, of Beckley; three sisters, Louise Pitzer and her husband, Clint of Long Bottom, Ohio, and Phyllis Prunest and her husband, Lloyd of Mabscott, and Ina Milam of Beckley; four grandchildren, Skye and Hallie Stump, and Timmy and Tommy Gross; two children he helped rear, Robert Lowery of Jacksonville, Fla., and Eric Lowery of Beckley; and his mother-in-law, Della Acord of Eccles. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Church of God Worship Center, MacArthur, with Pastor Mark Schrade and the Rev. Jessie Farley officiating. Burial will follow in Canaday Cemetery, Glen View. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Sophia VFW Post No. 4326. Friends may call 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, and one hour before the services at the church. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Elder, Eric Lowery, Jimmy Jones, Don Lilly, James Sanger Jr., and Lloyd Prunest. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

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