Louis Asaff Rahall
Louis Asaff Rahall
  • March 27, 1930 - March 26, 2017
  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

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Louis Rahall passed away March 26 at home in Fayetteville, WV, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born March 27, 1930 in Beckley, WV, to the late Asaff and Jamelia Thabet Rahall. Louis was married to Elaine Husson April 24, 1955, in Charleston, WV, at the Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, where he was a member. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, earned his undergraduate degree at Bowling Green College, and earned his masters degree at Wayne State University. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion Post 149 in Fayetteville. He was the last surviving founding member of the Fayetteville Lions Club, and was given the Leonard Jarrett and Melvin Jones Fellowship awards by his fellow Lions. He served as president of the Fayette County National Bank Holding Company and was a past president of the Kfeirian Reunion. Louis and his wife Elaine owned the Ben Franklin store, which they opened together in 1955 shortly after their marriage.

Louis was preceded in death by his brother George and son Louis, Jr. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Elaine, sister-in-law Livia Rahall, sister Alice Rahall, sister Deloris Hawarny, daughter Eva Cassis (Bruce), son David (Jackie), son Michael (Donna), son Greg (Mary), nine grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and numerous Godchildren.

Above all, Louis was devoted to his family, immediate and extended. He had a wealth of friends, loved a good party and had a great sense of humor. He will be always be remembered and cherished by all who knew him.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 29 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Trisagion prayers starting at 7:30 PM. Visitation will also be Thursday, March 30 at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston from 9:30 a.m followed by the funeral service starting at 11:00 am to be officiated by Rev. Fr. Christopher Eid. Entombment will be at 1:30 PM at Huse Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. George Orthodox Cathedral, 201 Court St, Charleston, WV 25301.