Raymond Osval Beverly
Raymond Osval “Red” Beverly was born November 18, 1943, the third of five children of Bert Beverly and Esther Cook Beverly. His brothers were David and Douglas and his sisters were Shelby Jean (husband, James Sites) and Louise (husband, John Blaylock). Raymond was born and raised in a small town between Pineville and Welch (Wolfpen) in Wyoming County, West Virginia where his paternal grandparents, Kelly (J.K.) Beverly and Mariah Ford Beverly, operated the post office and a general store. His maternal grandparents Ott Sanders Cook and Louvennie Ellen “Tinnie” Mullens Cook lived on a farm across the road from his childhood home throughout his youth. Raymond grew up hunting in the surrounding mountains and became a “Sniper” when he was drafted into the Army. He received the Army Commendation Medal while serving with the 4th Infantry Division near Pleiku, Vietnam. He earned the award for meritorious service as a rifleman in Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion of the division’s 8th Infantry. His time in Vietnam exposed him to Agent Orange, which resulted in multiple health issues that eventually caused his death on August 13, 2009 at the age of 66. He attended Pineville High School and spent most of his adult life living in Hemphill, West Virginia with his wife Phyllis Robinette Beverly and their daughter, Alicia Diane (husband, Richard Altizer). After leaving the Army. Raymond worked for the City of Welch (WV) Maintenance Department for 38 years. In his later years, he owned and operated Uncle Raymond’s Bar & Grill (also known as the “Do Drop In”) on the Welch-Pineville Road near his childhood home. The joy of Raymond’s life was his daughter, Alicia. He enjoyed visits from an honorary granddaughter, Madison Atwell of Long Branch (WV). Unfortunately. he passed away before the arrival of his granddaughter, Kaley Diane Altizer.