Timothy Joseph “Tim” Kerns, 66, of Terra Alta, died on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood.
He was born Feb. 6, 1955, in Wheeling, a son of the late Darsie and Anna Jane (Casey) Kerns.
Tim graduated in 1973 from Wheeling Central High School. He graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. He then obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from WVU Law School in 1981. He retired in 2009 from his law practice in Philippi.
Tim loved his pets and would take in or feed any stray dog or cat that came to the house. On his frequent trips to buy pet food, he would always buy extra to donate to the animal shelter.
Tim had an in-depth knowledge of Roman history and the American Civil War. From an early age he could recall the locations of battles, battle strategies, the names and ages of the generals and many anecdotes. Since his childhood, he developed the habit of staying up into the middle of the night to watch classic films and effortlessly recite the names of directors and casts. Tim was not fond of traveling and much preferred being at his home surrounded by the things he cherished, his wife and pets, Moe, Canute, Oliver and Wilson. He enjoyed being around his grandchildren and watching them change as they grew from infants into school age. He especially liked reading to them. Tim was known not only for his wide breadth of knowledge but also for his quick wit and ability to make others laugh. He loved home cooked meals, and he had a reputation for being first in line to eat at family dinners.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Denise Rose Liston; two stepsons and spouses, Ethan and Darby Rouzee and Zach and Megan Rouzee, all of Kingwood; three step-grandchildren, Carson Rouzee, Lannen Kate Rouzee and Kenzley Rose Rouzee; two sisters, Beth Ann Withrow, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Paulette (Tom) Young, of Warwick, R.I.; sister-in-law, Emily (Larry) Snyder, of Kingwood; brother-in-law, Anthony (Carrie) Liston, of Kingwood; one uncle, Joseph Casey, of Ohio; one nephew, Scott Withrow, of Miamisburg, Ohio; one niece, Candiace (Brent) Pyles, of Miamisburg, Ohio; and three great-nephews, Liam Pyle, Austin Pyle and Parker Withrow.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Bob Kerns, Paul Kerns and Teddy Kerns; and his beloved dogs, Renni Jo and Daisy. He especially loved Renni. She was his first dog ever in his life.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel and Crematory.
The family requests that any memorial donations be made in Daniel’s memory to the Preston County Humane Society, P.O. Box 395, Kingwood, WV 26537.