GALLIPOLIS — The Rev. Robert L. Persons, 82, of Gallipolis, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Holzer Medical Center Emergency Room.
He was born Sept. 25, 1931, in Pomeroy, the son of the late Elcherd and Stella Smith Persons. He married Bronis Young on Oct. 23, 1954, and she survives him.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a self-employed auto body repairman. He pastored several local churches and visited many. He also enjoyed playing music, especially string instruments.
Surviving are his wife, Bronis Persons, of Gallipolis; six daughters, Margaret Geiger (Rick Geiger), Betty Jean "BJ" (Scott) Eichinger and Janet (Mike) Zweifel, all of Gallipolis, Christine (Mike) Martin, of Pomeroy, Barbara (Jim) Harris, of Latrobe, Pa., and Donna Hawley, of Gallipolis; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Myrtle McClish, of Akron.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson; a great-granddaughter; and a brother, Denver Persons.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call on Monday from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the funeral.
Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.