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James Arthur Gorrell

October 24, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

James "Jim" Arthur Gorrell, 76, of Parkersburg, died Oct. 21, 2012, at Worthington Manor.

He was born March 20, 1936 in Wood County, a son of the late Arthur Clair and Agnes Cecilia Cawley Gorrell. He was a 1955 graduate of Parkersburg High School. He was a retired chemical operator for GE Plastics and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Country Roads T & A Car Club. He enjoyed bluegrass music and antique cars. He also liked lawn and garden tractors.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Sue Stephens Gorrell; son, James Arthur Gorrell Jr. of Parkersburg; daughter, Julia Anne Bernas (Brad) of Leechburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Christoph James Bernas and Therese Julia Bernas; sisters, Mary Jo Shapley and Patty Kincaid; brothers, Gene, Bob, Mike, Bill and Dave Gorrell; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Gorrell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, with Father Neil Buchlein as Celebrant. Burial will follow at the Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with recitation of the Rosary at 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3901 Briscoe Road, Suite 10, Parkersburg, WV 26104.

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