The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


July 31, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, August 1, 2013


William Edward ‘Bill’ Menefee Jr.

William Edward “Bill” Menefee Jr., 78, formerly of Oak Hill, died July 30, 2013 at Hopewell, Va.

Born Dec. 9, 1934, at Crown Hill, Bill was the son of the late William Edward Menefee Sr. and Hazel Haymaker Menefee. He also was preceded in death by his son, James Edward “Jim” Menefee of Covington, Va., and grandson, William Matthew “Matt” Saye, of Prince George, Va.

A 1954 graduate of Collins High School in Oak Hill, he was also a graduate of Beckley College with an associate degree in Education.

Bill was the former pastor of Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill for 43 years. During that time he was actively involved in the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association and held various offices for several years. Bill was happiest when serving God and helping others. Bill served Fayette County and surrounding areas preaching God’s word and caring for people.

He loved spending time with his family, his church family, watching football and enjoying his grandchildren.

Surviving: his wife of 53 years, Rebecca “Becky” Owens Menefee; son, William J. Rainey and wife Caroline of Charleston; daughter, Betty J. Saye of Petersburg, Va.; son-in-law, William Jay Saye of Oak  Hill; daughter-in-law, Michelle Menefee of Covington, Va.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Saye of Petersburg, Va., and Brendan Rainey and Kate Rainey of Charleston; sisters, JoAnn Kessler of Fayetteville, Mary Pearson of Oak Hill, Wilma Gelfeld and husband Paul of Gaithersburg, Md., Peggy Greene and husband Carson of Indiana, Pa., and Nancy Smith of Oak Hill; brothers, John Menefee  and Paul “Jackie” Menefee, both of Oak Hill; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church in Oak Hill on Aug. 2 from 5 to 8  p.m. Funeral services will be held at Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church on Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with Rev. Robert “Bobby” Pauley and Rev. Pete Lokant officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church, PO Box 317, Oak Hill, WV or Crater Community Hospice, 3916 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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