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1919 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
JULIAN SHAWVER "J.S." GRAVELY JR., 95, of Ona, W.Va., passed away Friday, April 4, 2014, at Midland Meadows Senior Living. He was born March 23, 1919, in Besoco, W.Va., the son of the late Julian Shawver Sr. and Alvonia Riddick Gravely. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death in 2009 by his loving wife, Blanche Ann Webb Gravely and one sister, Elizabeth Gravely Walls. He was a retired Train Engineer for the Virginian Railway, later known as the Norfolk and Western Railway, a member of Bates Memorial Presbyterian Church and a WWII U.S. Army Veteran. Reflecting on his sense of humor, In his early years he played the drums in both a dance band and his high school marching band in which the director was the same. One grading period in marching band he received a B. The next day while playing the drums in dance band, the director asked JS why he was playing off beat and JS replied, "I was playing a B's worth." He is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Lynn Barton, and husband Harvey of Huntington, W.Va.; one sister, Julia Lipscomb, 102 soon to be 103 in May of 2014, of Roanoke, Va.; grandchildren Autumn Conley and husband Jon of Ona, W.Va., Brooke Merlino and husband Erik of Huntington, W.Va., Paul Barton of Huntington, W.Va., and Melissa Smith and husband Clay of Lynchburg, Va.; great-grandchildren Spencer, Payton and Reagan Conley, and Quinn Merlino and Emma Kathryn and Isaiah Smith. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville, W.Va., with Dr. Clay Smith officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. at Blueridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity, W.Va. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.hensonmortuary.com.
Published in The Herald-Dispatch from Apr. 6 to Apr. 8, 2014
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