James A. "Pap" Dearth, 85, St. Marys, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord, Sept. 10, 2013, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family.
Born June 12, 1928, he was a son of the late Mitchell and Molly Johnson Dearth. James married the love of his life Betty L. Wolfe, March 11, 1950. Together, they raised five daughters. He retired from Cyanamid, now Pfizer, after 35 years of dedicated service. An avid outdoorsman, Pap enjoyed hunting, fishing and digging Yellow root and Ginseng. He was brave, strong, hardworking, and loyal to the end.
Pap is survived by his wife of 63 years; one sister, Patsy Stadler, St. Marys; one brother, Terry Dearth, Marietta, Ohio; five daughters, Barbara Elmore, Kings Mountain, Ky., Carolyn (Jerry) Johnson, Belmont, W.Va., Cheryl (Shane) Light, St. Marys, Sue (Bo) Hause, St. Marys, and Sherie (Bryan) Poling, Waverly; eight grandchildren, Kelley (Rosie) Elmore, Ky., Allison (Kyle) Maston, St. Marys, T.J. (Mandy) Myers, Micah Anthony, Morgantown, Jonay (Mitch) Corley, Sistersville, Jonathan Kelly, Paden City; Will (Olivia) Poling, Caldwell, Ohio, and James Poling, Waverly; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved canine companion, Buddy.
In addition to his parents, Pap was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters, a son-in-law, a grandson, and a great-granddaughter.