Thomas James Cousin, 82, a resident of Beverly, departed this life late Friday evening, March 28, 2014, at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical CenterShadyside Hospital at Pittsburgh, Pa., following open heart surgery.
He was born Tuesday, July 28, 1931, at Thomas, a son of the late John W. and Hazel Hedrick Cousin.
On July 16, 1964, at Beverly, he was married to the former Frances "Marie" Sycafoose, who survives.
Also surviving are four sisters, Geraldine "Jo" Burger and husband, Barton, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Freda Kovach, of Davis, Eileen Heldreth and husband, Earnest, of Fairmont and Jacqueline "Jackie" Thompson and fiance, Jim Warnick, of Barrickville; two sisters- in-law, Mary Ellen Cousin, of Bedford, Pa. and Rosalea Wood, of Beverly; one brother-in-law, Glenn Sycafoose and wife, Donna, of Beverly; and many special nephews and nieces
Preceding him in death are three brothers, Albert F. "Johnny", Rudy and Robert Cousin; two sisters, Halene Blosser and Patricia Wiley; one half brother, John W. "Jack" Cousin; three half sisters, Virginia Wilson, Susan Schoff and Virginia Hill.
Thomas attended the schools of Thomas and Davis, and was a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict having received the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), the Korean Service Medal with five Battle Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Good Conduct Meal, the Nation Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal with two loops, was a rifle expert and was a sharpshooter with the M1 rifle, hand grenade and the submachine gun.
He had served in the honor guard at Ft. L.J. McNair at Washington, D.C. He was a drill instructor at Ft. Benning, Ga., following his return from Korea. He was also was a member of the I Corps Rifle Team, was a graduate of the Winter Training Instructor Skiing Camp at Hakkaido, Japan, and graduated from I Corps Group Non Commissioned Officers Course at Camp Jecklin, Korea.
He had worked as a paint sprayer for Metal Lab/Lab Craft for 32 years. He loved the outdoors and especially animals of all kinds. He enjoyed meeting people and never met a stranger. He was a member of the Beverly United Methodist Church where he looked forward to attending and greeting those attending with the church bulletin and rang the bell prior to the worship service.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Final Rites will be conducted at the funeral home Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Donald L. Fitzwater and the Rev. David Thompson will officiate and interment will follow at the Beverly Cemetery at Beverly, where full military honors will be provided by members of the W.Va. National Guard Honor Guard Program, the H. W. Daniel's Post No. 29, American Legion and the Tygarts Valley Post No. 3647 and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Thomas James Cousin. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.