William Darrell Stump, 79, of Claytor Lake, Dublin,VA and Morehead City, NC passed away Monday, July 20, 2009 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC.
Darrell was born on February 3, 1930 in Stumptown, Calhoun County, WV to the late Dallas and Daisy Knotts Stump. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Helen Stump Perry. He is survived by his wife, Barbara B. Stump, daughter of the late Clairel (Tarzan) and Ruth Burns; three daughters and a son-in-law, Beth Stump and Ruth Stump, both of Radford, VA; Joan and Nick Rowan, Richmond, VA; two sons and daughter-in-law, William (Bill) II and Tracey Stump, Newbern, VA; Eric Stump, Dublin, VA; five grandsons, Nathan Stump, and special friend Fatimah Manns, Dublin, VA; William (Pete) III, Jimmy, Stuart, and Tom Stump, Newbern, VA; two great grandsons, Elijah and Mark Stump, Dublin, VA; brother and sister-in-law, Eugene (Sheriff) and Cathy Stump, Parkersburg, WV; brother-in-law and wife, Stanley and Jean Burns, Lake Lynn, PA; and several nieces and nephews.
Darrell entered the Navy in 1947, and upon his discharge in 1952 he married Barbara Burns. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State College in WV, and continued his education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, earning a master’s degree and received his doctorate in history from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He was a professor at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and in 1962, he and his family moved to Radford, VA where he was a professor of history at Radford University. He served as dean of the history department from 1963 to 1964 and, in 1972, became the Dean of Arts and Sciences, a post he held until 1987. At that time, citing a desire to return to teaching, he stepped down as dean and returned to the classroom full time until his retirement from Radford University in 1996.
Darrell loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandsons, at his home on the lake and in Morehead City, NC near his beloved ocean.
A time of visitation and remembrance will be held for Darrell at DeVilbiss Funeral Home in Radford, VA on Friday, July 24, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a private family funeral service on Saturday. Flowers are optional or you can make donations to your favorite charity.
We love and miss you and we will carry you in our hearts forever.
Arrangements by DeVilbiss Funeral Home.