Leslie Maynard of Mt. Gay
Leslie Maynard, 89, of Mt. Gay, WV, went to be with the Lord on April 19, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, WV, after a very brief illness. He was born at Kiahsville, WV, in Wayne county on September 29, 1921. Leslie was the son of the late Frank and Flora Mathis Maynard and is survived by his step-mother Myra (Sam) Jones Maynard Copley of Rio Grande, OH. Preceeding him in death are a brother, Kenneth Maynard, one grandchild, Leslie Curtis Harrison, and a special brother-in-law and fishing buddy, Bert R. Bradley, Jr. Mr. Maynard is survived by his wife, Clara Bradley Maynard, with whom he was united in marriage on July 26, 1941. Also surviving are three daughters: Barbara Harrison of Whitman, WV, Linda (John) Hager, Carolina Shores, NC, and Anita (Keith) McClung of Mt. Gay; grandsons: Gene (Kenya) Harrison of Logan, Jason McClung of Mt. Gay, and Eric (Darci) McClung of Chapmanville; grandchildren: Ethan and Tyler Meeks and Braydon, Jaxon, and Xander McClung; one brother and two sisters: Taylor Maynard, Pauline Wallace and Gail (Gary) Napier all of Wayne. He was a graduate of Wayne High School and Huntington School of Business. He entered the U.S. Army on December 31, 1942, and served for three years during World War II. He was with the 8th Army Headquarters in the medical corps. He later served during the invasion of the Philippines as an MP. He also was in the first wave of troops into Japan after the surrender. (He took the deposition from Tokyo Rose when she surrended to his unit.) Les worked for the Guyan Machinery Resale Dept. for many years before becoming owner and operator of Mine Sales & Service until his retirement in 1989. In 1952, Leslie was saved and baptized and became a member of the McConnell Tabernacle where he has served as deacon, adult Sunday School teacher, church clerk, and chief punch-maker at church picnics. He also served as president of the Holden Little League for many years. Les enjoyed life and was happiest when trout fishing, hunting, spending time at the cabin in Calhoun County (his second home), and enjoying his family, especially the grandsons and great-grandsons. Everyone who knew Les loved and respected him. He was a Godly man who cared more for others than himself and lived life to the fullest. He often said: “I know where I am, I know where I’ve been, and I know where I’m going.” We look forward to going to meet him someday. Visitation was Thursday, from 6 until 9 at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan. A celebration of Leslie’s life was held at the McConnell Tabernacle, at McConnell on Friday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Randy Skeens and Rev. Orville Syner officiating. Sons-in-law Rev. Keith McClung and John Hager also offeedr remarks. Pallbearers were grand- and great-grandsons. Interment followed in Highland Memory Gardens.