David Donald Hess
David Donald Hess, 80, of Ansted, who for the last few days stated that he wanted to “go home,” died May 22, 2013. David fought a courageous battle against what the doctors referred to as a “mean” cancer.
David was born May 11, 1933, in Lucas, the son of the late Donnie Elmer and Mattie Belle Crookshanks Hess. David also was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimbra Faye Hess Hobbs, and his brother, Columbus “Bunk” Hess.
David served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon returning home from active duty, he worked for Deligne Sales and Service in Ansted for several years and later for the West Virginia State Health Department from which he retired in 1989. You can’t keep a good man down. He went on to work and retire again two more times, as a security guard for DuPont Belle Plant until 2004 and at Comfort Inn in Fayetteville as a maintenance man.
David was a great inspiration to many people throughout his life. Over the years, David actively served the Lord and the church in various capacities as youth leader, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, devotional leader, and as a deacon for 30+ years in the Fayette and Kanawha County Free Will Baptist conferences. In recent years, David has faithfully attended Gum Springs Independent Baptist Church where he cherished the friendship and fellowship of his church family. He enjoyed “high-fiving” with the kids and jokingly trying to “make change” when the children collected the offering.
“Papaw” loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed “porch sitting” with a cup of coffee with family and friends, family picnics (especially in the snow), and going to revivals and special services at many area churches. He spent much time reading his Bible. He got a kick out of newspaper comics.
David was a member of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Summersville as well as the Fayette County AARP.
His smile, strength, humor, Christian example, and twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes were a source of encouragement to others. David will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Surviving: his wife of 54 years, Isabelle Ruth Skaggs Hess; sons, David Michael Hess and his wife, Lesa, of Beckley, and Rev. Mark Steven Hess and wife Teana of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Bonita Gail Hess of South Charleston; son-in-law, David Keith Hobbs of Apollo, Pa.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Hess) and Rev. Adam Hensley, Alicia (Hobbs) and Robert Conklin, Jessica Hobbs, Nathan Hess and Bryson Funeral services were May 25 at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home Chapel in Ansted with Rev. Mack Canterbury, Rev. Robert Hobbs, and Rev. Mark Hess officiating. Entombment followed at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Victor.
Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Ansted.