John Jay Heatwole (1927-2014) John Heatwole, 87, of Wellsboro, passed on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, Va.
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Born Jan. 14, 1927, he was the son of Howard Russell and Gertrude (Simmers) Heatwole. John married Phyllis (Maynard) and they shared 60 years together until she passed April 22, 2005, and then married Ellen (Epperson) in 2008.
He was a retired employee of Corning Glass Works, Wellsboro plant. John had a passion for gardening. He was a faithful member of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; four step-children, Darlene, Jeffrey, Joel, Jamey; sons, Howard (Mary) Heatwole of Wellsboro; Dennis (Ellen) Heatwole of Asheboro, N.C.; daughters, Teresa (Ronald) Sherman of Mansfield; Pamela Snowburg of Horseheads N.Y.; Karen (Cloyed) Fleming of Bloomsburg, Cheryl (Warren) Copenhaver of Lansdale; 22 grandchildren and 26 great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughters, Suzanne and Trudy. He is survived by one sister, Shirley Alexander.
The memorial service will be at the Rustburg Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 1291 Bear Creek Road, Rustburg, Va. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. Arrangements are by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main St., Bedford, Va. 540-586-7360.
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Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8, 2014