Thomas Ward Berisford

December 14, 1932 - February 14, 2015

12/14/1932 - 02/14/2015

Thomas Ward Berisford, 82, of Moundsville, W.Va., passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015, in Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, W.Va.

Tom was born December 14, 1932, on Taylors Ridge, Marshall County, W.Va., the son of the late Ernest W. and Dolly M. Gatts Berisford. He was retired from Bayer Chemical Co.; a member of the Hillview Terrace Church of Christ; and a U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran.

Tom was a former volunteer fireman; a radio control hobbyist; a ham radio operator; and a lifetime member of the N.R.A. He also loved to target shoot and play the bass guitar. He was a ten year member of the “C Notes”, the band that started Brad Paisley’s music career.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth E. Paris; and a grandson, Jeremy C. Fisher.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Maxine Harlan Berisford; children, Deborah Loy of Benwood, Cynthia Jenkins Richard of New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Donald Berisford Lisa, Diana Makara Fred, John Berisford Marcy, and Deanna Williams, all of Moundsville; three sisters-in-law, Naomi Rich Alex and Dolores Balgo, both of Moundsville, and Joanne Bolinger Vernon of Ohio; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, on Tuesday, from 2-4 & 6-8 pm, and Wednesday, February 18, 2015, from Noon until time of funeral services at 2 pm, with Bro. Gene West officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville, with full military honors provided by the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the W.V. School of Preaching, P.O. Box 785, Moundsville, WV 26041.

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Nancy Stewart
8 years ago

Cindy and Family ~ Sending my heartfelt condolences for your loss.

It’s never easy saying good-bye, no matter how old we are! May your memories help to comfort you during the days ahead. Many thoughts and prayers are with you!!

Jeff Owens
8 years ago


I am sorry for your loss. It is at these times that reflection provides much comfort. Prayers for you and your family……..

Jeff Owens

8 years ago

Dear Maxine and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I will keep all of you in prayers and may God’s comfort sustain you. The greatest peace is in knowing that Tom was a Christian. In Christian love, Bonnie Mihlbauer

Ed Gill Patriot Guard Rider
8 years ago

Dear Maxine and Family, It was with great sorrow to hear of Tom’s passing, He will be greatly missed, not only as a friend but as a Dear Brother in Christ, and I thank him for his service in the USAF and for keeping us safe and free, Tom now can rest in peace, thank you for your friendship.

Ron Ruth
8 years ago

I am sadden to learn of Tom’s passing. Tom was such a good mentor for me while working at Bayer. I learned so much from a gifted callleague and all around talented person. My condolences to the Family.

Larry Truex
8 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Husband, Dad and my friend Tom.

I spent a lot of good times with him down at work, playing music and just sitting and talking to him. He was very influential in my life and I held him as a role model.

I wish that I could have spent more time with him. He is in a much better place now.

Please take care of yourselves and if any of you need anything please don’t hesitate to call me.


Larry Truex

Jim Price
8 years ago

I worked with Tom at Mobay. He always had a smile to give. May all find peace knowing that Tom is with his God.

Gary L. Cochran
8 years ago

May God bless you and bring you to his Big House.

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
8 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Thomas W. Berisford, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of….. US Air Force Korea Veteran, Thomas Ward Berisford, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Dale and Estle Harlan
8 years ago

Our love and prayers go to Cousin Maxine and to all of Tom’s family. Dale and Estle Harlan

Jan berisford stewart
8 years ago

So sorry for your loss Maxine one of tom’s long lost cousins

Dan Knowlton
8 years ago

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was one of the “good ol’ boys” at Bayer. Always enjoyed visiting with him when he came into our control room. He’d always have this big smile. Just a fine gentleman who has a place reserved in heaven.

Condolences to Tom’s family and friends.

In Christian Love,

Dan Knowlton

Craig Archer
8 years ago

So sorry to hear of your loss. Tom worked not only with me at Bayer but also worked with my Dad , Stan Archer. He will be fondly remember for the great work he done as an Instrument man who was always the #1 guy to ask for. Prayers and condolences , Craig Archer

Tracey Mason Garrett
8 years ago

Thinking of the family. May God bring peace and comfort as you rejoice in his life and all the good times.

George N Myers
8 years ago

Worked with Tom for many years at Bayer. He was a good man and a good friend. My deepest sympathy on your Loss.

Lisa Creamer
8 years ago

You will be missed Uncle Tommy! You have made an everlasting impression on so many hearts and souls in your lifetime. I will always remember you as the talented, intelligent, quiet uncle with the hearty laugh! God bless all my family during this time. I love you all! Love.. Leecha