Bernard  Masters


Bernard Masters, age 91 of Mannington, WV went to his heavenly home on Saturday, April 27, 2019, after a long illness. He was born April 7, 1928 in Mannington, WV to the late Okey Lee and Jessie Olive Toothman Masters. He married Jo Ann Cunningham on Feb. 7, 1948. They had 54 years of marriage until her death on July 11, 2001.

Bernard will be remembered for being a hard worker, a wonderful singer and for his great sense of humor. He pitched on several fast-pitch softball teams, the last being in Hundred. While he could still drive, he loved to visit his friends at the Rite-Aid, Red Dot Pharmacy, and the Mannington Public Library, who were all so kind to him. He was a member of the East High Street United Methodist Church and served as a trustee. His church family was very important to him and though he couldn't attend recently, he continued to love and pray for them. His favorite things were reading, visiting, and watching sports. The Masters Home was always filled with music and for several years, Bernard and his girls sang as a gospel trio.

After graduating from Mannington High School, he began his work career at Adamston Flat Glass in Clarksburg. After working there for several years, he was hired at Consol's #9 Mine in Farmington and was working there on November 20, 1968 when the mine disaster occurred. He then worked at Robinson Run #95 until his retirement.

Bernard is survived by two daughters, Jane Ann (Donald) Cooper and Susan Kay Masters; four grandchildren, Jennifer and Nick Nicholas, Leigh Ann (Ryan) Curry, and Jim Cooper; six great-grandchildren, Cassidy and Tyler Curry, Gage and Jossalyn Cooper and Emalee and Morgan Nicholas; a brother, Dallas Masters of Levittown, PA; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Masters and Violet Masters; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A special cousin, Frank Toothman also survives.

In addition to his parents and wife Jo Ann, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Chester and Darrell Masters, and most recently, a precious sister, Jean Efaw; two nephews, Vernon Masters and Bob Grim; and a niece, Sue Cole.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Amedysis Hospice for your support and caring. You have all earned a star in your crown!

Family and friends may call at Masters Funeral Home, Mannington, WV on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 2-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in the funeral home beginning at 11:00am with Reverend David Yanero officiating. Burial will follow at the Mannington Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at
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Andrea Wright
Apr 30, 2019
I am so sorry to read about the loss of your loved one. I want to offer my sincerest condolences to you and your family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need at this most difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. NWT
Nancy Baker
Apr 29, 2019
Janie and Susan, my prayers are with you and your families. Your Dad will be missed by many. He was a great person and touched many lives.
Catherine Eastham
Apr 29, 2019
Dearest Janie and Susan,
How blessed have we been to have had parents who were truly members of the greatest generation. Your dad and mom were partners whose love, values, integrity and dedication to their family and community live on through and because of you. Our loving God gave you the most precious life's gift and will continue to bless you with their memories.
Lisa S.
Apr 29, 2019
I am so sorry to read about your loss. May you find hope in the scripture at Acts 24:15, NWT, where God promises we will see our loved ones again.
Jill yoak
Apr 28, 2019
May u rest in peace Bernard... thoughts & prayers with you girls Susan & Janie!