SOMERSVILLE: Delton Kemp, age 96, of Somersville, Ohio died peacefully February 24, 2012 at The Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville, Ohio.
He was born January 24, 1916 in Willis, Virginia to the late Lawrence and Bessie (Sutphin) Kemp Edmonds.
On August 12, 1937 he married the former Frances Naomi Anderson in Washington Court House, Ohio and she survives.
He was a Mason and belonged to several antique collector groups.
He had once worked at the former Union County (Ohio) Childrens Home, eventually becoming a benefactor to the organization.
A man of quiet deeds, he leaves the legacy of hard work, honesty, and humor to his family. He was a tireless farmer and enthralling story-teller who was always willing to share of himself for the good of others.
Besides his wife; he is survived by a son, Terry Delton (Barb) Kemp, York Center; two grandchildren, Joyce Kemp (Michael) Cameron, Mountain Home, Arkansas; Mark (Sabra) Kemp, York Center; three great-grandchildren, Cole Cameron, Noah Kemp and Logan (Alicia) Rife; two great-great-grandchildren, Jackson A. Kemp and Kailee A. Rife.
Delton was one of nine brothers and sisters of which three survive and live in other states.
He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Terry Allen Kemp.
Memorial services will take place at a later date. Burial will take place at York Cemetery.
He was born in the hills of Virginia and by the age of 13 helped build one of six rock churches which remains in operation today. After leaving Virginia he continued to donate to its needs. A plaque and a pew remain in the church in his honor.
Memorial gifts may be made to Buffalo Mountain Presbyterian Church, 2012 Childress Road, Willis, VA 24380.
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