November 29, 2012
Frank Montgomery Offutt, 73, of St. Albans, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, following complications from surgery.
He had fought an 11 year battle with the rare Pure Autonomic Failure (PAF).
Frank was born in Williamson the first of two sons to Francis Montgomery Offutt and Ann Faye Bailiff Offutt.
He graduated from Williamson High School and is a member of the Athletic HOF there. Frank went on to WVU with the aid of a Permanent Endowment Fund Scholarship. He played freshman baseball there, was a member of the Mechanical Engineering Honorary, PI TAU SIGMA, and graduated high among his class with a BSME.
He then began a long and productive career in the Kanawha Valley Chemical Industry, working first six years at the old Goodrich-Gulf Rubber plant in Institute, before spending 25 years at Monsanto in Nitro and taking early retirement. He then went directly to work for MTI Engineering, now CDI Engineering where he was still employed. Frank was also a member of the MUC Board City of St. Albans.
Frank was a 50 year member of The First Baptist Church in St. Albans where he had been extremely active until recent years. He served as a Deacon, as Chairman of the Board of Christian Education, on the finance committee, taught senior and junior high Sunday school for years and served as Senior High Superintendent as well. Frank, along with his wife Sissy, also were long time coaches of the church’s girl’s basketball program, and Frank served as President of the St. Albans Church Basketball Association.
Frank was also a youth official across the valley, officiating hundreds of church league and midget league basketball games, serving several years as a high school basketball official, and also was a 10+ year board member of Sun Aquatics where he served as vice-chairman and a swim official.
Survivors include Frank’s loving wife of 47 years, Margarette (Sissy), daughter; Angela Cokley (Patrick) of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Jennifer of St. Albans; daughter, Libby of St. Albans; brother, Fred of Destrehan, La.;, and nine grandchildren, Caid and Cailin Cokley, Emily and Samiyah Offutt, and Sydney, Thad, Tigo, Nali, and Sylee Moss.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday November 30, at First Baptist Church, 523 Second Street, St. Albans with the Rev. Joel M. Harpold officiating. Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends and family will be gathering two hours prior to the service at the church.
You may share memories or condolences with the family at www.bartlettchapmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans.