James Kenny ‘Jim’ Hartman


James Kenny “Jim” Hartman, 76, a resident of Elkins, West Virginia, departed this life Friday afternoon, July 23, 2021, at the Davis Medical Center at Elkins, West Virginia, with his loving wife at his side. Death was attributed to cardiac arrest.

He was born Monday, April 30, 1945, at Elkins, West Virginia, a son of the late Clyde “Shorty” and Forrest C. Davis Hartman.

On Dec. 20, 1974, at Sissonville, West Virginia, he was married to the former Corrine A. Jackson, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, James K. Hartman Jr. of Louisiana and Bradley Hartman and wife, Sandra, of Texas; one daughter, Cherie A. Howell and husband, Joe, of Beckley; four grandchildren, Lea and Aliana Hartman of Texas, and Kiana Hartman and Blaine Bishop of Elkins; and several nieces and nephews.

He is the last surviving member of his immediate family. Preceding him in death are one brother, Clyde A. Hartman; and three sisters, Gertrude Chenoweth, Mary Durrett and Clydetta Heath.

He was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1964. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and later joined the 130th Airlift Squadron of the WV Air National Guard in 1977 until his retirement in 2005 with 30 years of service. He worked at the Huttonsville Correctional Center with over 27 years of service.

Jim had traveled the world with the National Guard and especially enjoyed the time he spent in Hawaii. He loved to paint, was very creative and could work on almost anything. He played bass and sang in his own band and had played with many big name country music artists. He taught line dancing and alongside his wife was a DJ and had their own Karaoke Business. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elkins. Jim never met a stranger and could carry a conversation with anyone. He was country when country wasn’t cool. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and loved his family.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday. Final Rites will be conducted from the funeral home, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parli will officiate and interment will follow at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman, West Virginia, where full Military Honors will be accorded by members of the WV Air National Guard of Charleston, West Virginia.

The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for James Kenny “Jim” Hartman. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.