Ralph Bennett Elmore of Huntington

Ralph Bennett Elmore, 68, of Huntington, WV, passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington. He was born July 11, 1942, son of the late Lamech and Hattie Lou Bancroft Elmore. Ralph retired from Special Metals, where he was a maintenance foreman, after 28 years of service.  He then spent several years as a sheet metal worker for General Refrigeration. Ralph was also the Water Operator for the Town of Ceredo for 20 years. He was a member of Kenova United Methodist Church and a former member of Westmoreland United Methodist Church, where he served as youth director, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.  In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by one sister, Mattie Smith. He is survived by his wife, Karla Duncan Elmore; one daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and Michael Watts of Ona, WV and granddaughter Holly Grace; one son and daughter-in-law, Ralph Bennett, Jr. and Stacie Elmore of Madison, AL and grandson Noah Bennett and granddaughter Lauren Emily; one sister, Clara Fitzpatrick of OH; two brothers, Jimmy Elmore of FL and Mickey Elmore of TN; and his special companions, his dogs, Bishop, Parson and Gideon. The family would like to express their thanks to his caregiver, Melvina Duncan, and the staff of Hospice for their loving care of Ralph.  He will be missed by his family and friends, particularly his sister-in-law, Jo Eichberger, her husband, Richard, and her sons, Chris and Kyle Levisay, and special, life long friends, Jim and Barbara Christain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kenova United Methodist Church at 503 15th St., Kenova, WV 25530 or Hospice of Huntington, P.O. Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709. The family will receive friends from 11 to 1 p.m. Friday, January 14, 2011 at Rollins Funeral Home in Kenova, WV. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. with Rev. Lindsay Thorp officiating. Burial will follow at Woodmere Memorial Park in Huntington. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rollinsfh.com.