Minervia Pelphrey went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 23, 2020. Minervia (“Nervie”) was born December 3, 1931 to Johnny and Mattie Davis. She lived most of her life in Floyd County, Kentucky. Minervia was preceded in death by her husband, Elder John R. Pelphrey, an infant son, Benny Allen Pelphrey, daughter, Diann Johnson, sister Ella Frances Giordano, sister Helen Picklesimer, and her parents. She is survived by her sister, Herma (Alcus) Ward of Findlay, OH. She is also survived by her children: Glenard (Sandy) Pelphrey of Garrettsville, OH; Joe (Susie) Pelphrey of Middleburg, FL; and Alfred Pelphrey of Lexington, KY. She is also survived by her pride and joy – her five granddaughters and her six great-grandchildren. Minervia also leaves behind four nieces, two nephews, several great nieces and nephews, and countless church friends.
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Minervia was a member of Paintsville United Baptist Church, where she was not only the Pastor’s wife for many years but served the Ladies Fellowship Circle. Her cooking – and especially her fried chicken – was enjoyed by thousands of people through her years of service to the United Baptist Church. She was generous to everyone, always freely giving her time and opinions. Minervia loved the Lord, her family, and her friends. She will be remembered as spunky, fun, loyal, and strong. She spent her last three months as a resident at Briar Hill Health Care Residence. She loved her new friends and care takers at what she called her “new big house” and her family wishes to thank them all for the love and care they showed her during her stay. Her final moments were with an Angel on Earth, her nurse, who played Amazing Grace for her while she peacefully passed.
The Pelphrey family will miss her immensely, but hopes you will join them in seeing Minervia’s passing not as a defeat during a pandemic, but as a victory in Jesus. Minervia will now enjoy eternal life and she was called home in God’s timing. She is where she longed to be- in Heaven by John’s side again! Due to the circumstances, the burial will be private and attended by immediate family only. When it is safe to do so, a Memorial service will be held at the church in her honor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Paintsville United Baptist Church.