Aaron Blair Marks


Aaron Blair Marks, 98, a resident of West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, and a former resident of Philippi, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Blair was born June 2, 1922, in Berryburg, a son of the late Arnett D. and Elda R. (Baughman) Marks.

Blair was united in marriage to his wife of 70 years, Pearl J. (Dent) Marks, who preceded him in death on Sept. 27, 2016.

Surviving are daughters Laura June Pitzer and husband Edward of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Elda Jean Outman of Jacksonville, Florida, and Lois Jane McBee and late husband Gordon of Philippi; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth J, Johnson of Pennsylvania, Cynthia D. Ray and husband Charles of Pennsylvania, Katherine J. Carbaugh and late husband David of Pennsylvania, Melissa J. Zilcosky of Tennessee, Aaron L. Outman and wife Tiffany of Florida, Chasity C. McBee of Philippi, Dr. Krstal K. Thompson and husband Ron of Beckley; 17 great grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren.

Blair was also preceded in death by sister, Ada Lou Ashby, and brother, Lewis M. Marks

Blair retired from Bethlehem Steel as a coal miner. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Blair was a member of Bigelow Lodge 52. He was a 32nd Scottish Rite of Clarksburg, Knight Templar Chapter 11 in Grafton, Royal Arch Tygart Valley 39, Philippi Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 41, American Legion Post 44, and the Philippi Baptist Church.

Friends will be receive at the Wright Funeral Home and Crematory, 220 N. Walnut St. in Philippi on Friday, June 26, from 6 – 8 p.m. OES Chapter 41 will conduct services at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume on Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jon Villers officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery with military and Masonic graveside rites being accorded.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.