LOGAN, W.Va. — Janice Gay Jarrell Chafin, 77, was born September 1, 1935, in Logan, a daughter of the late Edward and Mae Jarrell of Cow Creek. She departed this life Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Trinity Healthcare in Logan after a long illness.
Also preceding her in death was her husband of 49 years, Kenneth "Whiz" Chafin; five sisters, Geraldine, Alice, Deloris, Pat and Thelma; three brothers, Lloyd, Edward, and Donald, and one grandson, James.
Janice was a 41 year resident of Cole Street where she enjoyed reading, working jigsaw and crossword puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren. She never met a stranger, was loved and respected by all who knew her and never hesitated to help anyone during their time of need. She was well known in the community due to her more than 25 years of working at Valley Market and G.C. Murphy's. She was a caregiver to our Dad for more than two years before he died.
Survivors include her children: Keith Chafin of South Carolina, Dennis Chafin (Betty) of Cole St., Pam and Jimmy Spears of West Logan, and Kim Chafin (Chris Smoot) of Crooked Creek; grandchildren: Katrina Chafin (Joe Decker) of Whitman, Jimmy (Bumper) Spears of West Logan, Doug and Leighanne Chapman of Martinsburg, Tabitha Spears (Timmy Lawrence) of Peach Creek, Scottie Spears (Heather Spry) of Ohio, Steven Spears (Heather Kitchen), Marsha Spears (Jeremy Fleming), Danielle Abbott (Kevin Brown) of Mechanicville, N.Y., Halie and Josh Hall of Kenova, Kenneth Abbott of Crooked Creek, Karen Barnhardt, and Kenneth Chafin, Janice Chafin, and Cassie Chafin of South Carolina; great-grandchildren: Kirsten Chafin of Whitman, Austin Chapman of Florida, Katelyn Chapman and Gionna Chapman, both of Logan, Timmy (Bubby) Lawrence of Peach Creek, Taylor Partlow and Trinity Spears of Ohio, A'Lara Spears and JJ Fleming of West Logan, Katelyn Brown of Mechanicville, and several in South Carolina; one brother, Arnold (Mary) Jarrell of Danville; many nieces and nephews who knew her as "Aunt Gay", and lifetime neighbors Jimmy and Melissa Pennington, Vickie Pennington, and John Riggio.
Services will be held from 1-4 p.m. Monday, August 26, at James Funeral Home. There will not be graveside services as the family will honor their Mom's wishes to be cremated.
James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of arrangements.