Times West Virginian
Nolan Fay “Bud” Emerson, 76, passed away at United Hospital Center Tuesday (Dec. 10, 2013), following an extended illness.
He was born in Bristol, on June 12, 1937, the son of William Fay Emerson and Mary Clarice Davis Emerson.
After graduating from Bristol High School in 1956, he married Mary Juanita Matthey Emerson, his loving wife of 56 years, who survives in Clarksburg. Also surviving are three daughters and their spouses, Carrie and Carl Brainard of Palestine, Mary and Kevin Lough of White Hall, and Sandy and Brian Funk of Culpeper, Va.; grandchildren include Loren (Toni) Brainard, Benjamin (Kimberly) Brainard, Aaron (Karrie) Brainard; Jacob (Faith) Lough, Caleb Lough, Trevor and Haleigh Funk; great-grandchildren, Eli and Wade Brainard; twin sister, Nola McKain and Norma Sadler of Parkersburg; as well as many nieces, nephews and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother, Burl Emerson.
He was a member of Poppy’s Walker Relay for Life team, FFA, Sportsman Lake; retiree of Equitable Gas, and a member of Tenmile Church of Christ.
Bud was dedicated to the Tenmile Church of Christ, his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many others that thought of him as a father. He was a strong supporter of Harrison County Relay for Life, spending hours raising money so that others might not suffer cancer. He loved camping, fishing and hunting, and passed that love on to his sons-in-law and grandchildren. He was the go-to for many when they needed advice about fixing cars, carpentry and living a Christian life. He passes on a strong work ethic. His daughters knew the love of “Daddy’s Hands.” He will be missed but never forgotten.
Family will receive friends at the Greathouse Funeral Home in Salem from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today and again on Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour at 11 a.m. where services will be held from the chapel of Greathouse Funeral Home with Carl Brainard, Kevin Lough and Brian Funk officiating. Interment will follow at the K of P Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life at 122 South High St., Morgantown, WV 26501.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at GreathouseFuneralHomeWV.com. Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, is in charge of arrangements and honored to serve the Emerson family.