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In Memory of
Opal V Staley
August 16, 1928 - May 15, 2020

Wednesday, May 20th at 1:30 p.m. at Spring Valley Memory Gardens

Spring Valley Memory Gardens

Opal Staley, 91, passed away of natural causes at the home she shared with her daughter and great-grandson in Westerville, Ohio on May 15, 2020. Born August 16, 1928 in Wayne County, West Virginia, she resided most of her life in the Buffalo and Westmoreland areas. Opal retired from the Wayne County School system where she was a cook for 22 years at Buffalo Elementary School. Opal was a longtime member of Buffalo Valley Missionary Baptist and Highlawn Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law and mamaw. Opal loved to cook for family and friends and enjoyed helping others. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Bertha Thacker; her beloved husband of 73 years, Freelin Staley; brother Leo Bud Thacker; sisters Irene Maynard, Fern Murphy and Thelma Thacker; and one great-grandson, Tristan Staley. Opal is survived by her three children, son Richard (Terri) Staley, Burlington, Ky., daughters Pat (Jim) Deering, Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Bev Clevenger, Westerville, Ohio; five grandchildren, Rick Staley, Pam Fisher, Tim Staley, Carrie Gafney and Kelly Teague and their spouses; and eleven great grandchildren. Opals immediate family also included Wanda Stallard, Charles Clinton and Jack Ferman, who were raised alongside her as siblings. She also leaves behind many other special nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends whom she loved and cherished. The family would like to thank the Hospice Care Team who helped provide loving care in her final days, especially Michelle, Uriel and Erik. In honor of Opals caring spirit and in lieu of flowers, please honor her by providing for a family in need at this time or by donating to Hospice Care at National Church Residences Foundation, National Church Residences, 2335 North Bank Drive, Columbus, OH 43220-5499. A graveside service, with masks and social distancing, will be held at Spring Valley Memorial Gardens, Huntington, West Virginia on Wednesday, May 20 th at 1:30 PM. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to honor her life. Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville Ohio, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be left at


Whit Ward

May 19, 2020

Please know that our prayers are with you during this time grief. May God bless and comfort you during this time if sadness. Sincerely, Whit and Mary Ward Wes and Carol Ward Violet Ward Bistany Homer Ward


Carol Wellman Blankenship

May 19, 2020


Don and Margi Layman

May 22, 2020

Dear Family, We were sorry to hear of Aunt Opal's Passing. You are all in our prayers.