DANIELSVILLE - John C. Hartley, 86, formerly of Bridgeport, W.Va., died Wednesday, May 02, 2012. While he had been in failing health, death was unexpected.
Born in Shinnston, W.Va., he was the son of the late Howard Wesley and Cora Mae Shackleford Hartley. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Anna Katheryn McGinnis Hartley in 2002; brothers and sisters, Hayward and Henry Hartley, Rella Kincaid and Mary Jane Hartley; and special in-laws, Bill and Rex McGinnis and Pearl Tichnell.
He proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II in both the European and Pacific Theaters. After obtaining his degree in business, he began a 35 year career in credit management and Sears, Roebuck & Company. Following his retirement, he and Katheryn relocated from Bridgeport to Rock Lake, near Fairmont, where they had many friends.
He was always active in church and community activities. He was an ordained elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Clarksburg, W.Va. and was part of the core group that founded the Bridgeport Presbyterian Church, where he was also an elder. Over the years his community service activities included President of the Clarksburg Jaycees, President of the Clarksburg Credit Grantors Association, and active membership in the Clarksburg and Bridgeport Lions Club, Fairmont Businessman's Association and the Shepherds Corner, among many others.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda Hartley and Phillip S. O'Neal, Danielsville, with whom he made his home for the past six years; his beloved godson, Ryan (Jamie) Nicewarner; special sisters-in-law, Eleanor M. (Harlan) Janes, Louise McGinnis, and Carma McGinnis; brother-in-law, Wayne (Carol) McGinnis; many nieces and nephews; special "daughters," Marsha Stuart and Pamela Simpson-Shaw; and his constant canine companions, Katie and Murphy.
The family would like to extend special thanks to John's caregivers, Diane Tyner, Evelyn Sargent, Juanita Popp, Karen Coker and Amber Burkhalter, the medical and therapy staff of Tugaloo Home Health, and the staff at Odyssey Hospice.
Visitation will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Ivie Funeral Home, Danielsville. Also, visitation will take place Tuesday, May 8, at Ford Funeral Home, Bridgeport, W.Va. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 9, at Bridgeport Presbyterian Church with interment to follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Bridgeport Presbyterian Church Educational Fund, East Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, Shepherds Corner or a charity of one's choice.