Bee stings killed Sheriff Kessler while he was mowing

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY/AP) – Parking for Sheriff Steve Kessler’s funeral today will be available at the Fayette County Board of Education.

The funeral is at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building and starts at 5:00 p.m.  Those planning to attend are asked to park at the Fayette County Board of Education where shuttle service will be provided. Handicap parking will be at the Memorial Building.

Some streets in Fayetteville near the center of town will be closed off for this service but the final traffic control pattern has not yet been established.  Maple Avenue near the Memorial Building will be reduced to one lane. We will update you once these street closures and traffic control patterns have been finalized.

After the funeral, the procession will leave Fayetteville heading towards Mount Hope on U.S. Route 19 South, then onto Pack’s Branch Road toward Pax. It will be led and escorted by Fayette County Deputy Sheriffs.

Burial will be at the Kessler home between Mount Hope and Pax. Please expect extensive traffic delays during this procession and make travel plans accordingly.

Kessler died Wednesday at age 60. Fayette County Commission President Matthew Wender said Kessler had been stung by bees while mowing his lawn.

Kessler served 36 years with the sheriff’s office, including two terms as sheriff. He became circuit clerk in January.


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