Wilborn Jack Whitlatch

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Retired farmer served in U.S. Army


Wilborn Jack Whitlatch, 74, of Morgantown, W.Va., passed away early Tuesday morning, June 18, 2013. He died in his sleep.


He was born February 3, 1939, at his family’s residence near Wind Ridge, a son of the late Charles Ambrose and Grace Ardella Parsons Whitlatch.


Mr. Whitlatch attended Aleppo Township Elementary School, Richhill Township High School and was a 1958 graduate of West Greene High School.


He served as an auto repairman in the U.S. Army from December 1961 until September 1964. He was stationed at Fort Richardson, Ark.


Mr. Whitlatch was a retired farmer, mechanic and township supervisor, who lived most of his life near Wind Ridge. After retirement, he enrolled in West Virginia University and was just 11 credits short of a degree in general studies.


In addition to his studies, he enjoyed visiting with the younger generation of students at the Mountainlair.


Surviving are five children, son David Whitlatch (Jean) of Hopwood, daughter Lori Whitlatch of Waynesburg, son Eric Whitlatch (Kiperly) of Waynesburg, daughter Julie Palmer (Cory) of Waynesburg and daughter Stephanie Whitlatch of Carmichaels: eight grandchildren, Andrew Sampey of Connellsville, Melissa Sintich of Aiken, S.C., James Whitlatch of Washington, Wesley Whitlatch of Waynesburg, Brittany Phillips of Nineveh, David Whitlatch of Fort Bragg, N.C., Autumn Phillips of Waynesburg and Justin Whitlatch of Waynesburg; four great-grandchildren, Lilly Sintich, Ava Sampey, Alexis Teagarden and Noel Sampey; and two sisters, Pansy Imogene Brooke of Shadyside, Ohio, and Mary Ann Neely of Cameron, W.Va.


Deceased are a sister and five brothers, sister Pearl Eileen Baldwin, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, Thomas Harold Whitlatch, formerly of West Finley, Charles Ambrose Whitlatch Jr., formerly of Bridgeport, Ohio, Francis Clinton Whitlatch, formerly of Georgetown, Samuel Ronald Whitlatch, formerly of Yuma, Ariz., and Henry Abner Whitlatch, formerly of Wind Ridge.


Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Owen-Neely Funeral Home, Blacksville, W.Va., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, with Pastor Lanny Hewitt officiating. Interment will follow in West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton, W.Va.


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