Jerome R. Van Meter

Coach Jerome R. Van Meter, 102, of Greystone Inn, Beaver, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003.

Born Aug. 15, 1900, in Williamsville, Ill., he was the son of the late Henry and Alice Van Meter.

"Coach" had been a resident of Beckley since 1929 after several years in Point Pleasant. He taught and coached in Raleigh County for over 30 years, where he set many school and state records. He was a veteran of both World Wars, serving in the Army. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Beckley.

His beloved wife, Aline, preceded him in death in 1998.

Survivors include two nephews, Larue Van Meter Jr. and Nathan Zane Van Meter; two nieces, Babes Barnes and Katy Matthews; and several great-nephews and nieces.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Heber St., Beckley, with Dr. Ellen S. Carter officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in Lone Oak Cemetery, Point Pleasant.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Tony Lusk, Lou Webb, Mel Hancock, Walter Rappold, Dwayne Wingler, Frank Rodriguez, Howard Hurt and Ned H. Ragland Jr.

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Coach Jerome R. Van Meter Endowed Athletic Scholarship Fund, c/o Mountain State University, P.O. Box AG, Beckley, WV 25802, or to First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Heber St., Beckley, WV.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

Register-Herald - Beckley, West Virginia. April 25, 2003.

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