James A. Gavlock, 81, of West Allegany Avenue, Emporium, died Thursday (Feb. 14, 2013) in Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys.
Born Nov. 19, 1931, in Drifting, he was the son of the late Martin and Mary Zezoney Gavlock. On Jan. 22, 1955, in Renovo, he married Verla P. Marshall, who survives.
Mr. Gavlock was a veteran of the U.S. Army
, having served during the Korean War
A longtime resident of Emporium, he was a graduate of Renovo High School and, after his discharge from the Army in 1952, was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad in Renovo, Sun Oil Co. in New Jersey, and General Motors
in Buffalo, N.Y. In 1957 he relocated to Emporium and was employed by Laborer's Union 836 until retiring in 1997
He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Emporium, Local 836 of Bradford, and for 20 years was a Boy Scout leader with Troop #555 in Emporium. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper and a member of the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Verla, are two sons, Tom A. Gavlock and Eric A. Gavlock, both of Emporium; two grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Nancy) Gavlock of Emporium; one sister, Elizabeth Lawless of Lock Haven; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter Gavlock and Arthur Gavlock; and one sister, Mary Ann Gavlock.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mark Church with the Rev. Paul Siebert, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium. A wake service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Ambulance Service.