Ernest Eugene Galford, age 71, of Willow Bend, WV, passed away Friday, May 14, 2021 at the Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea, WV, following a battle with cancer. He was born August 9, 1949 at Gap Mills, WV and was the son of the late Price and Thelma Hudnall Galford. Ernie worked for the West Virginia University Demonstration Farm in Union, WV for 25 years. Ernie loved the outdoors, farming, and bear hunting with all his buddies. As his health failed, he loved rabbit hunting with his brother, Elmer, who passed away in November 2020. Ernie loved his family dearly and his biggest joy in life was his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Keith and Elmer Galford. Survivors include his loving wife of 44 years, Jo Ann Bradley Galford of Willow Bend, WV; two sons, Keith Galford and wife Helen of Williamsburg, WV, and Shane Galford and wife Jennifer of Lindside, WV; four grandchildren, Addison, Aubrey, Tate, and Hailey; seven brothers, Quince Galford of Gap Mills, WV, James Galford and wife Martha of Gap Mills, WV, Roger Galford and wife Wanda of Greenville, WV, Dennis Galford and wife Bonnie of War Ridge, WV, Henry Galford and wife Robin of Foster, WV, Elvin Galford and wife Karen of Gap Mills, WV, and Melvin Galford and wife Karen of Narrows, VA; two sisters, Glenna Wiley and husband Maynard of Gap Mills, WV, and Barbra Fisher and husband Bobby of Gap Mills, WV; and many nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at the Groves-Mann Funeral Home Chapel in Union, WV with Pastor Gene Fullen officiating. Burial will follow in Crosier Cemetery at Zenith, WV. The Family will receive friends Monday, May 17, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Paul Smearer, Andrew Yarid, Jimmy Will, William Will, Brok Ratliff, and Jimmy Hodge will serve as Pallbearers.
The Family requests that memorial donations be made in memory of Ernie to a local charity of your choice. Due to the regulations associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic, those attending the services are suggested to social distance and wear masks. Those wishing to send the Galford Family online condolences or would like to sign the online guestbook may do so by visiting www.groves-mann.com Arrangements by Groves-Mann Funeral Home in Union, WV.