James W. Patton 1956-2002

James W. Patton, 80, of 208 Wilson St., Elkins, and a patient in Swisher’s Private Home Care in Elkins since June 1999, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 8, 2002, in Elkins Regional Convalescent Center.

Mr. Patton was born Dec. 5, 1921, in Everson, a son of the late John Herbert Patton Sr. and the late Mary Blare Patton.

On Feb. 18, 1956, in Fairmont, he married Betty Jo Thomas Patton, who survives in Elkins.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Rex (Cheryl Ann) Bartlett, Jeanette, Pa., and Mrs. Robert (Debra Jo) Marchesani, North Palm Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Amanda Bartlett, Christopher and Hannah Marchesani; and a stepgrandson, Chad Bartlett, Baltimore, Md.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John H. Patton Jr.; and two sisters, Thelma and Helen Patton.

Mr. Patton was a graduate of West Fairmont High School and a 1949 graduate of Fairmont State College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II in the Philippines and Australia. He was employed by Monongahela Power Co. and served as division manager in Elkins prior to his retirement. He was a member of Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity and was named Outstanding Business Man of the Year in 1970 and the Merit Award Recipient in 1975 by Beta Alpha Beta. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elkins and taught the Bartlett Bible Class of the Church for many years. He was a 20-year member and former chairman of the board of directors of Davis Memorial Hospital. He was a member and past president of the Elkins Rotary Club, a member of Elkins-randolph County Chamber of Commerce and Randolph County United Way. He was a member of BPOE Lodge 1135.

Funeral Arrangements: Friends may call at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Saturday at 1 p.m. with Dr. Marvin L. Parli and Evangelist J.D. Conley officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. State Memorial Gardens near Gilman. Memorial contributions may be made to Randolph County Alzheimer’s Support Group, in care of Colonial Place, 301 Wilson Lane, Elkins, W.Va. 26241.

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