Elsey, John Harold
Date of birth: July 14, 1918 - Date of death: Aug. 19, 2010
John Harold Elsey, age 92 of Maplewood Drive, Bridgeport, WV departed this life on Thurs., Aug.19, 2010 at the United Hospital Center,
Clarksburg following a brief illness. He was born in Clarksburg, WV on July 14, 1918, a son of the late Rutherford Elsey and Mattie Spencer (McCutchan) Elsey.
Surviving are his wife, June Zinn Elsey, one son John T. (Tom) Elsey and his wife, Donna, Bridgeport, WV, two granddaughters, Samantha Elsey of Pittsburgh, PA and Dr. Jaclyn Elsey Rominger and her husband, Johnnie of Bridgeport, WV and several nieces and a nephew.
Mr. Elsey was also preceded in death by a brother, Harry Elsey and two sisters, Mrs. Betty Hennigan and Mrs. Fern Jamison.
He was a 1936 graduate of Washington Irving High School, a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.
Mr. Elsey owned and operated the former Smith's Pharmacy in Goff Plaza for many years.
He served his country in the United States Army during World War II as a navigator on B-24 type aircraft. Flying missions from India to China.
He flew in 57 combat missions with a total of 427 combat hours.
Mr. Elsey was an avid tennis player for over 70 years, having been named Harrison County's leading tennis player many times. He was named by West Virginia Wesleyan College as one of the All Time Tennis Players in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
He loved to play pool, table tennis and enjoyed watching the WVU Mountaineers,the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While living in Clarksburg, John was an active member of the Broad Oaks United Methodist Church. Upon moving to Maplewood Retirement Community, he joined the Bridgeport United Methodist Church.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St.Clarksburg from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Monday where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010 with the Rev. Steven Dorsey presiding.
Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens with full military rites accorded by the Harrison County Honor Guard and the WV Army National Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Bridgeport United Methodist Church, 251 Worthington Dr., Bridgeport, WV 26330 or Broadoaks United Methodist Church, 349 Haymond Ave., Clarksburg, WV 26301 or the charity of your choice.
Mike & Gloria Lynch, California
Elsey Family -
We are so sorry for your loss. John was my first boss when I daily delivered prescriptions for him throughout the community. I remember the day he told me to take his Mustang to do the deliveries because it was raining. What a thrill' He was a very good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Linda Marteny James
I am so sorry for your loss. I was just trying to picture John without a smile on his face and I could not, I never saw him without one. He was an inspiration to everyone who met him. My mother loved you both very much. The world will miss John. God Bless You,
Linda Marteny James