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JAMES GARVIN "JIM" WHETZEL

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WHETZEL
JAMES "JIM" GARVIN
63, of Covington, GA was peacefully called to the Lord on Monday, January 7, 2013 at Emory University Hospital. He was born in Martinsburg, WV on December 22, 1949, the eldest son of Doris Garvin Whetzel, of Fairmont, and the late Vernon Whetzel. After graduating from Fairmont Senior High School in 1967, he attended Fairmont State College, obtaining a business degree. He spent his adult life in Buckhannon, WV, Washington, PA, and Covington, GA. He was a natural salesman and a sales manager in industrial lubricants, notably with Pennzoil, Shell Oil and most recently with CITGO Petroleum. He greeted every person and situation with a welcoming spirit, having never met a stranger. He wholeheartedly cherished the relationships with his friends and coworkers, and was a valued friend, confidant, and mentor to many. His ability to bring joy to every situation, warm demeanor, and genuine charm will long be remembered. Along with his wife of eight years, Juanita, he was most dedicated to his family, especially his three sons, Jamie, Josh, and Matt, and most recently his grandson, James Garvin Whetzel, III "Garv". He was a beloved brother, uncle, mentor, coach, neighbor, and loyal friend to many. He had an ability to make everyone around him feel comfortable and told great stories. Those left behind include his best friend and wife, Juanita Whetzel of Covington, GA; loving mother, Doris Whetzel of Fairmont, WV; siblings, Rebecca (Thomas J.) Corder of Bridgeport, WV and Bonita Springs, FL, William (Gayle) Whetzel of Wilmington, NC, Jonathan (Tee) Whetzel of Fairview, WV, and Mary (Mark) Ransom of Winchester, VA; sons, James Garvin Whetzel, Jr., wife, Sara and grandson, James Garvin Whetzel, III, of San Antonio, TX, Josh Battistone and wife, Kelly of Richmond, VA, and Matt Whetzel, of Washington, PA; mother-in-law, Verneeda Beal of Covington, GA; beloved uncle, Bill (Sharon) Garvin of Morgantown, WV; and had a deep love for many other aunts, uncles, cousins, family members, and special friends. He was met at heaven's gate by his father, Vernon Whetzel. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Emory University Hospital for their caring and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Leukemia Program Fund at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322 or online at winshipcancer.emory.edu/support. Friends may call at McCULLA FUNERAL HOME, 770 Fairmont Road in Morgantown, WV on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, January 12 at McCulla Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Mark Ransom officiating. Entombment will follow at Beverly Hills Cemetery. Online condolences may be extended to the family at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Jan. 10, 2013
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