James Atha Kerns
James Atha Kerns, 86 years, passed away May 11th 2019, approximately 3:20p.m. at home in Pataskala, Ohio. He was formerly of Sun St. Parkersburg, WV. Jim was born June 26th 1932, in Fairmont,WV Son of the late, Ina Ellen Vangilder and Timothy Francis Kerns.
Jim retired 30years from Kaiser Aluminum. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force 4 years Was stationed at Manston Airforce Base, England, during the Korean War.
Jim and his wife JoAnn,were married 67 years.
Jim and JoAnn have been members of Bethel Baptist church, for many years, where they sang in the choir and he served as an elder and deacon. He volunteered with Lubeck fire department, for several years. He enjoyed his garden, hunting, camping, fishing and of course, a spin on his motorcycle, every now and then.
Jimmy is survived by, his wife of 67 years JoAnn Haney Kerns; one sister, Patricia Kerns,Tatterson, Kocelik (Joe); Daughters, Jeanne Kerns Dorton (Jeff) and Melody Kerns Bieser (Tom).
Five Grandchildren, Thomas Bieser (Nadia), James Bieser (Kellie), Jacob Dorton (Steph), Josiah Dorton (Mayra), Daisy Dorton Armstrong (Simon) also, they’ve been blessed with 16 Great, Grandchildren, Asher, Nyah, Cyrah, Yasmin, Oliver, JJ, Noah, Annie, Henry, Jonas, Izaak, Josie, Mason, Charley, Parker and Rosley .
Preceded in death, one brother, Robert Kerns, brother in law, Tom Tatterson and three sisters, Dot Kerns Steel, (Jack), Margaret Kerns Sicardi, (Si) and Mary Kerns Clark.
Services will be 1 p.m. friday May 17, 2019 at Leavitt Funeral Home, 403 7th St. Parkersburg, WV 26101. Burial will be 4 p.m. Friday, at Mount Zion cemetery, Fairmont, WV, with military honors. Family visitation will be Friday 10 -11 a.m. and for family or friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Online condolences may be sent at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.