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Gerald L. Chafin
April 1, 1930 - May 21, 2021

In Loving Memory of Gerald L. Jerry Chafin

Gerald L. Jerry Chafin, of Elk Creek Road, Delbarton, WV went home to be with the Lord on May 27, 2021, following a lingering illness. He was 91.

Born April 1, 1930, at Elk Creek, he was a son of the late Jeff Chafin and Tilda Curry Chafin.

In addition to his parents was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Hatfield Chafin, two brothers and four sisters.

Jerry was a lifelong resident of Mingo County, except for a few years that he was a full-time resident of Tennessee, enjoying its streams and fishing as much as possible. He was educated in the Mingo County school system and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He later attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science from which he graduated in 1957. Jerry founded the Chafin Funeral Home in Delbarton, WV right after his graduation from mortuary college. Jerry served the Delbarton and surrounding communities as a funeral director from 1957 until being elected Sheriff of Mingo county in 1988. He served two terms as sheriff. Jerry also served as a member of the Mingo County Commission, as a member of the House of Delegates in the State Legislature, and as a County Coroner for many years. He was a past-president of the West Virginia Isaak Walton League, and served on the National Endowment Board.

Jerry was also educated at West Virginia University and Clarksville School of Theology, holding a Doctor of Theology and a PhD in Philosophy of Christianity. He was a 33rd Degree Mason, he loved to fish, and spending time engaged in wood working projects. While living in Tennessee, he attended Bean Station Worship Center. He had served as a Bible study leader and he also taught Sunday School.

Jerry was a very engaged and active man throughout his life. He loved Mingo County, and working for her people. He also loved his work as a funeral director and the opportunity to serve the bereaved and suffering in their time of need.

Jerry was a private pilot. He loved flying and flew for the last time on his 88th birthday. Jerry was a multi-faceted man who gave so much of himself to those he served and loved. He was a loving husband to his wife; Beatrice, and he was a loving friend to a host of lifetime friends.

Jerry devoted many years of work to the founding, growth and sustainability of the Delbarton Volunteer Fire Department. Contributions in Jerry's memory may be made to the Delbarton Volunteer Department, County Highway 65/12, Delbarton, WV 25670. Jerry will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered always.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Beatrice Jarrell Chafin, and her family, and the family of his late wife, Marie Chafin.

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