Russell Ross Posey, 92, of Roanoke (formerly of Elkins) passed away at 1:50 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
He was born in Morgantown on September 28, 1925, a son of the late Dewey Ray Posey and Martha Elizabeth Brinkley Posey.
On December 30, 1950, after a courtship consisting of dancing and good times, he married the love of his life, Nilva Morony. They met in Morgantown where Nilva lived and together they shared nearly 55 years before her passing on February 15, 2005.
His knowledge, commitment to family and work ethic, and love of country, state and nature are part of a legacy he leaves for four children: Russell Posey II (Carol), Regina Wilkins (Dwayne) both of Atlanta, GA, Vincent Posey (Beverly) and Kristina Hinzman (Harvey) both of Elkins, WV; seven grandchildren, Ross Hinzman (Jason) Adam, Ayla, Vincent and Carla Posey, and Courtney and Matthew Rost; three step grandchildren: Elliott and Rhett Wilkins, and Heather Noblett; one step-great-grandchild, Hadley Boring; one sibling, Oliver “Peck” Posey of Roanoke; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Russell was also preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Posey; and one sister-in-law Lorraine Posey.
After graduating from Victory High School in Clarksburg, Russell attended West Virginia University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering. While attending WVU he was a member of the fraternity ΑΓΡ (Alpha Gamma Rho).
After graduating from WVU, Russell entered the family timber/lumber business with his father, eventually relocated to Elkins as the territorial sales leader for a heavy equipment company, and became entrepreneurial with ownership of the Dari-Delite restaurant and Posey’s Lawn and Garden venture with his son, Vincent. After retiring his focus was enjoying life with his wife, the grandchildren and the peace and tranquility offered by his home in Roanoke WV.
Russell was a member of the Bendale United Methodist Church and an extremely proud member of the William G. Bennett Masonic Lodge #46. He participated and was dedicated for more than 50 years. A past-master, Russell had achieved the highest of honors from the Freemasons as a 32nd degree Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret. Russell also served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Friends and family gathered at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service, at 144 Hackers Creek Rd., in Jane Lew, from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2018. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend David Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the United States Navy and the Lewis County Honor Guard. Walkersville Masonic Lodge # 46 will hold Masonic Graveside Rites.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bendale United Methodist Church 1163 US-19 Weston, WV 26452.
The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Russell Ross Posey Sr. Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.