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January 20, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013


Eugene Leroy Pitsenbarger

ALDERSON — Eugene Leroy Pitsenbarger, 83, of Alderson has gone home to be with the Lord. He passed peacefully on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the home of his stepdaughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Kenneth Jarvis. His wife Marlene and little dog Abby remained by his side.

Eugene was born on June 30, 1929, in Marlinton, WV, to the late Henry Floyd and Eva Welch Pitsenbarger, and was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and mother of his children, Orphia Hoke Pitsenbarger; two sisters, Aretta Flack and Mary Pitsenbarger; four brothers, Arthur, David, Henry, and James.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Burns Pitsenbarger of Alderson, WV; a friend on whom he could always depend, Jack Gadd of Alderson, WV; five children: Carolyn Ann Hernandez and husband Erwin of Chicago, IL, Lila Jean DelaRosa and husband Leo of Sugarland, TX, Michael Ray Pitsenbarger and wife Debbie of Texas City, TX, Ronald Lee Pitsenbarger and wife Lucy of Lithia, FL, and Debra Kay Kress and husband Jeff of Peekin, IL; three stepchildren, Debra Lynn Ballard and husband David of Alderson, WV, Tammy Wilson Jarvis and husband Kenneth of Sugar Grove, VA, Tommy Roger Wilson and wife Teresa of Covington, VA; his sister Bonnie Mae Martin and husband, Calvin, his brother Freddie and wife Mildred Pitsenbarger all from White Sulphur Springs, WV. He was blessed with 23 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Eugene was a Corporal in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He was captured on December 1, 1950, and was detained at Camp Ch’ang Song. He remained a prisoner of war until his release on August 23, 1953. He returned home to White Sulphur Springs in September of 1953 and was honored for his service with a homecoming parade. He was a recipient of many medals of honor while serving our country. Eugene was a member of the VFW Post #6723, Alderson, WV.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 22, at 1 p.m. at the Fort Spring Missionary Baptist Church, Fort Spring, WV, with Pastor Jonathan Hunt officiating. Burial will follow immediately after the service at Adwell Cemetery near Ronceverte.

The family will receive friends on Monday, January 21, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, WV, from 6 to 8.

Pallbearers will be brothers in Christ from the Ft. Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

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