John William Wamsley Sr.


John William Wamsley Sr., 80 of Clarksburg, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

John was born in Valley Bend, on Sept. 9, 1939, to the late Paul Byron and Daisy Myrtle (Markley) Wamsley.

John is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Brenda Louise (Harris) Wamsley.

John is one of nine children and is survived by two siblings, Bayard Wamsley of Adolph and Pauline Burks of Buckeye.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Marie Moss, Lorraine Burks, Mary Virginia Arnett, Carrie Arbogast, Frank Wamsley and Josephine Wamsley.

In addition to his wife and siblings, John is survived by two children, Lisa K. Fidler and husband Eric of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and John W. Wamsley Jr. and wife Vicky (McCune) of Huttonsville. John is survived by four grandchildren, Zachary David Bolyard and Kaseo Hurt of Fort Wayne, Indiana, John W. Wamsley III of Clarksburg, Olivia D. Fidler of Morgantown and Isabella N. Fidler of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. John is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Zachary David Bolyard Jr., Kobain Lee Bolyard and Kasen Don Bolyard of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also survived by numerous extended family members, including sister and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, whom he loved and loved him in return.

John was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt and fish his entire life. He imparted this love to his children and grandchildren. He was a devoted family man, who enjoyed spending quality time with every member of his family. He imparted great wisdom, shared kindness and love at every turn. He was a hard worker not only on the job, but also at home, growing, harvesting and canning a beautiful garden each year and always taking care of things, such as his home, plants, flowers, fruit trees and the lawn.

John served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He was a trusted volunteer fireman for years, serving his community of Summit Park and the volunteer fire department. He also, was a certified electrician, certified in HVAC, and a jack of all trades. John worked for Blake Construction, helping to serve and build most of the homes in the Bridgeport area over a period of 30-plus years and he also worked for Huffman Construction, where he helped refurbish many of the WVU academic buildings and the WVU Coliseum. John was a proud member of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition construction team when it came to West Virginia in 2007. John enjoyed helping his neighbors, whether it was sharing his harvest of vegetables from his garden or repairing something that needed fixed.

John’s quiet and warm personality made visitors and family always feel welcomed into his home. He loved company, and he enjoyed teasing and playing with children. His presence will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St. in Clarksburg on Thursday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral hour at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Fred Aves presiding. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Brick Church Cemetery at Huttonsville with Pastor Bonnie Starkey.

Online condolences, www.davisweaverfuneralhome.com, are especially welcomed and encouraged during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, as attending public services may not be in your best health interest at this time as recommended by the CDC. The Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wamsley Family during this time.