Vernon Hoover James, 96, of Parkersburg, passed away Nov. 5, 2013, at his home.
He was born Jan. 1, 1917 at Chesterville in Wood County, a son of the late Charles Sanford and Eva Dale Hoover James.
Vernon was a graduate of PHS, Mountain State Business College and had attended the University of Pittsburgh.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in World War II and the Korean War and being the recipient of 7 Battle Stars and 8 Combat Ribbons.
Vernon had retired from the City of Parkersburg Water Department with 23 and a half years of service. He had also served as a Baptist Minister for over 30 years with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Surviving is his daughter, Judith Anne Reynolds of Parkersburg; three grandchildren, Parkersburg City Councilman, Michael Adam Reynolds, Tammy (Dan) Kelley and Dianna (Brian) Matthews; nine great grandchildren, Cory, Carson and Carter Reynolds, Justin Taylor, Karly Hunt, and Brayden Hunt, Hayden Barroughs, Kayla Dotson and Christina Dotson; one sister, Edna Life of Parkersburg and many nieces and nephews..
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Marie Brown James; brothers, Rex D., Archie, William K. and Gale K. James; sisters, Nina Marie Bonnett and Margaret Miracle and son-in-law, Maynard Reynolds.
Vernon opened his home for the past 15 years for an in-home Bible Study led by his pastor, Bob Alfred. He looked forward to those Tuesday evenings of study and fellowship around the table.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth Street, Parkersburg, Pastor Bob Alfred will officiate and burial will follow at Evergreen North Cemetery. The visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.kimesfh.