Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Ernest Delano Metheny,
81, of Terra Alta, WV completed his journey in this life to join his Lord and Savior on February 26, 2020.
Ernest was born May 28, 1938 in Howesville, WV to the late Dolly Marie and Arlington Donald Metheny. He was the second of their four sons.
Ernest served in the United States Army 1958, and Army Reserves in 1961, completed a tour of duty in Germany. Upon completion, he returned to Terra Alta where he married the "prettiest girl he ever laid eyes on", Ida Faye (Peggy) Metheny, and together they had four children.
He answered the Lord's call to serve when he attended the Winchester Music Conservatory, WV Wesleyan, and Seminary in Washington, DC became a Methodist minister in 1974. Ernest served many Methodist parishes across West Virginia during his calling through preaching, teaching, and leading many to the good word. He served the following churches: Wardensville, Stonewood, Short Gap, Burlington, Upper Tract, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Shady Spring, Sutton where he retired in 2000.
He came out of retirement upon returning to Terra Alta serving at Trinity, Corinth, and Freeland United Methodist churches, as well as Otterbein. His resume as God's humble servant in addition to preaching included having presided over many weddings, baptisms, christenings, and funerals.
Ernie had many talents and hobbies to include chalk drawings, woodworking, gardening, fishing, and deer hunting. He was great storyteller and an avid reader, daily reading the Bible, newspapers, and a good history book. He also enjoyed watching westerns, history channel, and WVU Mountaineers.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Peggy, and four children: Gary (Christine) Metheny of Fairmont; Kevin Metheny; Lisa (Chuck LaRue) Carpenter; and E. Bradley Metheny all of Terra; Grandchildren: Lakin Thomas, Brittany Prunty, and Hunter Carpenter of Terra Alta, and Brett Metheny of Richmond, VA; Great- grandsons: Treyton and Jaxon of Terra Alta; brothers; Howard (Barbara) Metheny of Terra Alta; Everett (Beverly) Metheny of Ridgely, WV, and Sister-in-law Betty Metheny of Tunnelton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Elva Laurie; and a brother Donald Duwaine.
Ernest had requested his body to be given to West Virginia University for further medical study, and then returned to his family for internment at a later date.
A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 at Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta and from noon on Sunday, March 1, 2020 until the 2:00 p.m. time of memorial service with Rev. Eric Beeman and Pastor Daniel Fulton officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Faith Church, Corinth Church, Otterbein Church.
Condolences may be made at www.arthurwrightfuneralhome.com