Mr. Renny Valentin Isaacs, Jr. 83 of Tornado, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, after a long farewell from Alzheimer’s disease. He Passed peacefully at Valley Center Nursing Home in Spring Hill.
He was born on February 9, 1924, the son of the late Renny V. Isaacs, Sr. And Carrie Elizabeth Jewell Isaacs near Hithchens, Kentucky. Reared in Cabell and Lincoln Counties, he graduated from Duval High School near the top of his class in 1941. He received a scholarship and attended Berea College in Kentucky for one semester. He then served for nearly a year with the Civilian Conservation Corps before being drafted by the US Army. Renny, a Technical Sergeant, then served with distinction as a cavalry scout and high speed radio operator with the 7th Armored Division in the European theater during World War II.
After recovering from various wounds and injuries at the Army Hospital near Salisbury, England he returned to the states and completed his undergraduate work in education at Morris Harvey College. Afterward, he received two Masters Degrees rom West Virginia University in elementary education and administration, respectively. He also compiled over 60 hours in postgraduate work from Stetson University in Florida and the University of Alabama. He was a much loved teacher and principal and a skilled administrator for nearly 40 years in Kanawha, Putnam and Lincoln counties as well as Osceola County Florida before retiring in 1982.
He was a member of St. Marks Episcopal Church in St. Albans where he attended for over 25 years. Renny was a 53 year Master Mason, 32nd Degree, and proud member of the Washington Lodge #58, AF&AM , York Rite and Scottish Rite Bodies, Order of the Eastern Star, as well as the Legion of Honor unit with the Beni Kedem Shriners and the Benny Padilla VFW post 4768. He loved to play guitar, travel and spent time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Silvie May Skidmore Isaacs of Tornado, Daughters Robin L. Duncan Kendall and her husband Andy of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Debra L. Duncan of Rand, Barbara J. Duncan Bowe and her husband Ronald D., II, of Alum Creek, and son Paul R. Isaacs, Sr. And his wife Marsha of So. Charleston, along with 12 Grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Ray F. Isaacs of Gallipolis, Ohio and was preceded in death by his brother Willis C. Isaacs, formerly of Scott Depot.
The family wishes to pay special thanks to the wonderful staff at Valley Center Nursing Home for three years of unceasing care, compassion and love.
A celebration of Renny’s life will be held at 8:00 PM Thursday September 27,at Curry Funeral Home 2097 Childress Road Alum Creek with the Rev. Jodie Pistore officiating. Burial will be 11:00
AM Friday at the East Carter County Memory Gardens in Grayson, Kentucky with masonic graveside rites.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.