by Martha Sparks
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Opal Ferrell Cassidy, 94, of Huntington, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at her home.
Born October 16, 1918, in Verdunville, she was a daughter of the late Carlos and Roxie Avis Ferrell. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Ernest Maxwell Cassidy, in 1975; an infant son in 1952 and another son, Edwin Cassidy in 2004; a grandson, Shay Cassidy in 2011, and by her sisters and brother: Thelma Runyon, Corda Shuff, Troy Ferrell, Lura Ferrell, Irene Ferrell, Iva White, and Sherlie Hale.
Opal was blessed to be born into a loving large family. She worked at Island Creek Coal Company; joined First Christian Church in Logan as a young lady and sang with her beautiful voice in the choir. She met her husband Maxwell and they lived in New Haven, Cabin Creek, Terre Haute, Ind., and then moved to Huntington in 1962. She was a faithful member of Central Christian Church where she was active in all aspects, particularly The Women’s Circle and was President of CWF. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of Maple Leaf Garden Club and enjoyed her friends with her Bridge Club. But foremost, she was a devoted wife, consummate homemaker and loving mother and grandmother. She has been a good and faithful servant and has fought a good fight. She has been called home and her memories will be cherished.
Survivors include her sister, Naomi Dillard of Huntington; sons, Carlos Maxwell (Janie) Cassidy of Huntington and Kenneth Lee (Billie) Cassidy of Durham, N.C.; daughter, Mary Catherine and (Terry) Nelson of Hickory, N.C.; grandchildren, Kristen Zban, Cynthia, Michael, Megan, Alyssa, and Caitlin Cassidy, Stephanie Carter, Christopher, and Joseph and Sarah Nelson, and seven great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their thankfulness to their mother’s caregiver of 13 years, Wanda Preston, for her faithful constant, loving care and for the love of Opal’s neighbors, church family and Wanda’s family.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 4, at Klingel Carpenter Mortuary with Rev. Hubert Harvey and Rev. Andrew Wade officiating. Burial will follow in The Ferrell Family Cemetery at Verdunville.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.klingelcarpenter.com.
Klingel Carpenter Mortuary of Huntington is in charge of the arrangements.
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