Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

October 12, 2012

Frank E. “Frankie” Rhinehart Sr.

BLUEFIELD — Frank E. “Frankie” Rhinehart Sr., 84, of Bluefield, W.Va., died Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Born March 15, 1928 in Charleston, W.Va., he was a son of the late William J. Rhinehart and Kate Thomas Rhinehart. He was a lifelong resident of Bluefield and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Retired as a S/Sgt. from the U.S. Army Reserve. Mr. Rhinehart was also retired from the United States Postal Service as a route carrier where he was known as the whistling mailman. He was a member of the Church of Christ at Maple View, was an avid model train enthusiast and gardener. He was a member of the Bluefield-Mercer Lodge #85 A.F. & A.M.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Jeanne Akers Rhinehart of the home; three children, Frank E. Rhinehart Jr. and wife, Diana of Princeton, W.Va., David M. Rhinehart of Charleston, W.Va., and Kim Sigmon and husband, Richard of Princeton; five grandchildren, Chrissy Claypool and husband, Steve of Claypool Hill, Va., Aja Rhinehart of Princeton, Maria Jones and husband, Mike of Clarksville, Tenn., Adam Rhinehart and wife, Tiffany of Princeton, and Aaron Sigmon of Princeton; and six great-grandchildren.  

A cryptside service will be conducted on Friday October 12, 2012 from the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at 2 p.m. with Minister Tony Reed officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Mercer County Veteran's Council and the West Virginia Honor Guard.  

The family would like to request that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1601 Second Avenue, Charleston, WV 25387.

Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting

Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Frank E. “Frankie” Rhinehart Sr.

Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • Leonard (Bob) R. Richard Jr. Leonard (Bob) R. Richard Jr.

    SUMMERFIELD, Fla. — Leonard (Bob) R. Richard, Jr., 69, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 17, 2014.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rev. Aaron Thomas Godfrey Rev. Aaron Thomas Godfrey

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Rev. Aaron Thomas (Tommy) Godfrey, of Chicago, formerly of Bluefield, W.Va. made his transition on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Vistas Hospice Unit of Mercy Hospital in Chicago.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Earl French Hadden Earl French Hadden

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — Earl French Hadden, of Wilmington, NC died April 17, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Frances Loredith Yates Frances Loredith Yates

    BIG ROCK, Va. — Frances Loredith Yates, Age 77, Big Rock, Virginia passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Grundy, Virginia.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sonja Fay Kirk Davis

    NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — Sonja Fay Kirk Davis, age 36, of North Tazewell, VA died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at her home.

    April 20, 2014

  • Lurinda Virginia Whittaker Walters Lurinda Virginia Whittaker Walters

    BLUEFIELD — Lurinda Virginia Whittaker Walters, 87, of Bluefield, died Sunday, April 13, 2014  Kissito Healthcare of Bland County in Bastian, VA.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janice Ann Ollis

    BLUEFIELD — Janice Ann Ollis, 61, of Bluefield, formerly of Bramwell, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the home of her daughter.

    April 20, 2014

  • Helen JoAnn Lester Helen JoAnn Lester

    PANTHER — Helen JoAnn Lester, know to most as "Grandma", 76, of Panther, WV, passed away peacefully April 17, 2014 at her home.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • George Pearis Damewood III George Pearis Damewood III

    WARRENTON, Va. — George Pearis Damewood III of Warrenton, VA passed away April 16, 2014 at Sunrise Assisted Living, VA on his 88th birthday.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jerry Van Goforth

    BRUSHFORK — Jerry Van Goforth 70 of Brushfork, WV passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, WV.

    April 19, 2014

Local News