William Arthur “Bill” Kerns, Sr., 76, of Romney, WV passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Hampshire Memorial Hospital in Romney. Born December 16, 1941, he was the son of the late Joseph Arthur and Madelyn Evelyn (Riggins) Kerns.
Besides his parents, Bill is preceded in death by wives, Doris Mae (Murphy) Kerns (d. 1990) and Delores Jean Kerns (d. 2011); two sons, Gary G. and Jeffery A. Turner; his half-sister, Marion McDonald; his half-brother, Donnie Stone; and by an infant brother, Joseph A. Kerns, Jr.
Bill is survived by six sons; Randy A. Kerns and wife Tonya of Fairmont, Robert L. Kerns of Georgia, William A. Kerns, Jr. and wife Jennifer of Morgantown, Bradley A. Kerns and wife Kimberly of Morgantown, Noel R. Kerns and wife Sharon of Morgantown, and Ernest R. Kerns of Florida. His two daughters; Joyce M. Brady-Turner and husband William of Martinsburg and Judy L. Turner of Pennsylvania and by his brother, Gerry L. Kerns and wife Julia of Petersburg. Also surviving Bill are 28 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren as well as his significant other, Lilian I. Pugh.
Bill was born and raised in Morgantown, WV and attended Monongalia Co. schools. From an early age Bill found work in the construction industry. He established Kerns Construction in Morgantown in 1975. He was a passionate homebuilder with a career that spanned over 40 years. He loved to hunt and fish, tend to his garden, canning, old cars, and swinging on the porch watching hummingbirds.
Bill was a devoted Christian. He loved the Lord and his church. His favorite phrase was “Jesus Loves You”. He was very caring and liked to help people. If you couldn’t see Bill, you could always hear him- he loved to whistle. Bill will be sorely missed, especially by his two dogs, Peppy and Holly.
Friends will be received on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 pm with Pastor Bob Hoover officiating. Interment will be at Ebenezer Cemetery, Romney.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions in Bill’s name to: Hampshire Co. Animal Shelter ~ 142 Twin Oaks Rd. ~ Paw Paw, WV 25434
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney, 304.822.3511