Ernest Henry Journell, 76, of Crile Lane, Pearisburg, departed this life Tuesday evening, February 18, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital in Greensboro, NC after a long illness. Born in Pearisburg on October 27, 1937, he was a son of the late Buford Ray and Minnie Mae Pruett Journell. He was also preceded in death by his brother, David Journell. He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, American Legion Post 311 in Pembroke and VFW Post 6000 in Narrows. Henry served his country as a twenty-three year veteran of the U S Air Force (SMSgt), and his community as a deputy sheriff in Giles County until his retirement.
He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 48 years, Alice Bieker Journell; his brothers Ray Journell of Christiansburg and J B Journell of Narrows; his sisters Mildrred Morris of Baltimore, MD, Vickie McCroskey of Pembroke, and Carolyn Atkins of Pearisburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11:00 am in Riverview Baptist Church, Ripplemead with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow in the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin with military graveside honors. The family will receive friends at the church Thursday evening from 6 until 8 pm. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.