James Garvin Whetzel

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James Garvin “Jim” Whetzel, 63, of Covington, Ga., was peacefully called to the Lord Monday, January 7, 2013, in Emory University Hospital.


He was born December 22, 1949, in Martinsburg, W.Va., the eldest son of Doris Garvin Whetzel of Fairmont, W.Va., and the late Vernon Whetzel.


After graduating from Fairmont Senior High School in 1967, he attended Fairmont State College, obtaining a business degree.


Mr. Whetzel spent his adult life in Buckhannon, W.Va., Washington and Covington.


He was a natural salesman and a sales manager in industrial lubricants, notably with Pennzoil, Shell Oil and most recently with CITGO Petroleum.


Mr. Whetzel greeted every person and situation with a welcoming spirit, having never met a stranger. He wholeheartedly cherished the relationships with his friends and co-workers, 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 a grandson, James Garvin “Garv” Whetzel III.


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 are his best friend and wife, Juanita Whetzel of Covington; loving mother Doris Whetzel of Fairmont; siblings Rebecca (Thomas J.) Corder of Bridgeport, W.Va., and Bonita Springs, Fla., William (Gayle) Whetzel of Wilmington, N.C., Jonathan (Tee) Whetzel of Fairview, W.Va., and Mary (Mark) Ransom of Winchester, Va.; sons James Garvin Whetzel Jr. and wife Sara and grandson James Garvin Whetzel III of San Antonio, Texas, Josh Battistone and wife Kelly of Richmond, Va., and Matt Whetzel of Washington; mother-in-law Verneeda Beal of Covington; and his beloved uncle, Bill (Sharon) Garvin of Morgantown. He had a deep love for many other aunts, uncles, cousins, family members and special friends.


Mr. Whetzel was met at heaven’s gate by his father, Vernon Whetzel.


The doctors, nurses and staff at Emory University Hospital cared for him.


Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in McCulla Funeral Home, 770 Fairmont Road, Morgantown, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, with the Rev. Mark Ransom officiating. Entombment will follow in Beverly Hills Cemetery. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.mcculla.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Leukemia Program Fund at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322, www.winshipcancer.emory.edu/support.


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