Death of Otis Kenton “Doc” Ranson Jr.

Otis Kenton “Doc” Ranson Jr., 86, a lifelong resident of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012, after a brief illness.

Born March 22, 1926, in St. Albans, Otis was a son of the late Otis K. Sr. and Marvella Leach Ranson. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty Jo Ranson.

Doc was a graduate of Morris Harvey College with a bachelor of science degree in business. He served his country as a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a 50-year member of the Washington Masonic Lodge No. 58 AF&AM in St. Albans.

He was a loving husband and father and attended Riverlawn Presbyterian Church for 50 years.

He is survived by his three children, Kathryn and Clif Blevins of Williamsburg, Va., and Christina and Dr. D. Duane Berry of St. Albans; son, Otis K. III and Jennifer Ranson of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Suzanna Johnson, Joseph Jensen, Daina and Cassady Berry and Nathan and Otis K. Ranson IV; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Raven and Rylee Johnson; and sister, Evelyn McClure of Charleston.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans. Committal services following the funeral will be private.

Family and friends will gather for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV 25387. You may share memories or condolences with the family at