James “Jim” Heater, 78, of Gassaway, passed away Jan. 5, 2014.
He was born March 22, 1935, in Gassaway, to the late Fred Baxter and Evelyn Fridley Heater.
Jim attended Gassaway public schools.
He was married to Ann Hickman Heater.
He served his country in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Korea in 1954-1955, he received the Good Conduct Medal award for his service to his country. He worked for his father at Heater Oil Co. in Gassaway since he was a young boy until it became Go Mart Inc. He then served as manager of the transportation department for many years. He was a member of American Legion Post 33 of Braxton County and a trustee of Bealls Mill Cemetery in Gassaway. He was a member of the West Virginia Glass Museum in Weston and attended Gassaway United Methodist Church.
Jim received the Lord through baptism by the Rev. Stephen J. White.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Karen Jordan Heater; his brothers, Fred “Baxter” Heater and William “Bill” Heater; and his daughter, Melissa Beth “Misi” Heater.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ann Hickman Pingley Heater; his son, Douglas Winston Heater (Steven Brammer) of Washington, D.C.; one brother, John Heater and wife, Betty, of Gassaway; and two stepchildren, Tim Pingley (Jackie Lynn) of Parkersburg and Kathi Pingley Gaddy (Chris) of Chester, S.C. He had five stepgrandchildren, Mason and Zoe Pingley and Katie, Noah and Colby Gaddy; one sister-in-law, Zelma Heater of Gassaway. He also is survived by nieces and nephews, David Heater, Sam Heater, Laurie Heater O’Malley, William “Billy” Heater Jr., Evelyn Renee Heater Perkins (Jerry), Pam Thistlethwaite (Danny) and Scott Gibson Jr. (Crystal); and great-nieces and great-nephews including, Patrick and Carrie O’Malley, Leah Heater DeGruyl (Lucas), John Jacob Heater, Rose Anne Heater, Greyson and Tatum Heater, Lindsey Heater, Ben Perkins, and Ian and Alex Thistlethwaite. He left behind very special caregivers, Jeanne and Van Carr, Paul Gillespie, Hospice of Burnsville and long-time family friend, Martha White of Gassaway. He will be extremely missed by his faithful companion, a Bichon Frise dog named Sugar.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice Care/Braxton County, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.
At Jim’s request his body was cremated. A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Gassaway United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stephen J. White and the Rev. Bryon Bukovesky officiating. A gathering of friends and family will be conducted two hours prior to the memorial service at the church.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.