Kenneth Basil Alltop

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Kenneth Basil Alltop

Age 86 of Cox’s Mills, WV; departed this life peacefully on the morning of Thursday, January 03, 2019 at his home with his loving wife Elise by his side.

He was born May 11, 1932 in Gilmer County, WV; son of the late Dorsey and Stacy McHenry Alltop.

Kenneth was an over the road truck driver for most of his working life, having driven from coast to coast, countless times. He also drove truck in the oil fields and eventually was the daily van driver for the Gilmer County Senior Center in the 1990’s.

Kenneth is a Methodist by faith and member of the Cox’s Mills Methodist Church and a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict in the early 1950’s. In his spare time, Kenneth enjoyed watching westerns on TV, gardening, canning, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying to quiet life at home.

On May 29, 1975 Kenneth was united in marriage to Elise Grimes Alltop, who survives at their Cox’s Mills home.

Surviving are 2 children, David Alltop and wife Lena of Ghent, WV; and Margaret Alltop and companion Gary Gillispee of Gassaway, WV; 1 step-son, Gerald Bragg Jr. and wife Becky of Daniels, WV; 2 step-daughters, Sharon Zinn and husband Manley of Cox’s Mills, WV; and Shirley Cogar and husband Lee of Cox’s Mills, WV; and 1 brother, John Alltop and wife Patricia of Olcott,  NY,

Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Regina Hall and husband Dustin of High Point, NC; Stacey Alltop of Ashville, NC; Kendrick Alltop who is currently serving in the United States Air Force, Ruth Smith and husband Kerry of Flatwoods, WV; Danny Lee Smallwood Jr, of Flatwoods, and Jeffrey Bragg of Daniels, WV; Shelly Mason and husband Nathanael of Auburn, WV; Vada Woodford and husband Lance of Cox’s Mills, Aimee Hartshorn and husband Clint of Cox’sMills, and James Greenlief of Troy, WV; and 18 great grandchildren, Alexis Hall, Justin and Brenda Alltop, Makala and Tessa Miller, Lillie and Hallie Smiffin, Marissa and Austin Smallwood, Payton Grace Jordan, Kendrick Stackhouse, Anna Mason, Bristol and Ella Woodford, Kenley and Blake Hartshorn, Madison Westfall, and Morgan Kesyer..

Along with his parents, Kenneth is preceded in death by 1 granddaughter, Michelle Alltop, 2 great-grandchildren, Leia and Luke Hall, and 2 brothers, Dorsey and Shirley Alltop.

Kenneth’s request for cremation has been honored and a Celebration of Life will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 3:00 PM; Sunday, January 20, 2019 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Private burial will follow in the Horn Creek Cemetery near Cox’s Mills at a later date..

Friends will be received from 1-3 PM; Sunday afternoon at the mortuary in Glenville.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc is honored to assist the family of Kenneth Basil Alltop with arrangements.

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