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PETERSTOWN, WV James Clyde "Jim" Maness, age 90, of Peterstown, WV, stepped into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 22, 2018. Born June 22, 1927, in Keystone, WV, he was the son of the late Clyde A. and Pauline Frazier Maness. Jim was a graduate of Peterstown High School and after graduation joined the United States Navy where he served on the USS Rowan. Upon completion of his military service, he settled in Williamson, WV, where he married Bessie Shiflet, started a family, and began his career with C&P Telephone Company. During his time in Williamson, he was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Boy Scout Master of Troop 40, serving as a role model for many young men. In 1962, he took a supervising position in Washington, D.C. with the phone company and moved his family to Alexandria, VA.
In April of 1977, Jim took a crew of his telephone men and went back to Williamson on assignment to restore the phone system that had been destroyed by floods. He became homesick for the mountains and in the fall of 1977, he bought a farm in Summers County, WV, and moved back to his beloved hills. After 10 years of farm life, and with all their children grown and on their own, he and Bessie sold the farm and moved to Peterstown. They bought a house that he had lived in as a very young child, a fact that Jim wanted us all to know.
Jim served as Mayor and councilman for the Town of Peterstown for over 25 years, the longest time served in the history of the town. He was a member of the Peterstown Missionary Baptist Church and the American Legion Post 145. He was a WWII U.S. Navy Veteran and a true Patriot. He loved God, his family, and his country.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Bessie; one son, Jim Ed; two brothers, Travis and Jerry; one son-in-law, Terry Baker; a favorite uncle, James Frazier; and many other relatives.
Left to miss him and cherish his memory are his children, Deborah Baker and Sue Maness of Peterstown, WV, Russell Maness and wife Jennifer of Virginia Beach, VA, Wayne Maness and wife Maryjean of Christiansburg, VA, Bridgett Maness of Crofton, MD, and Lisa Blackburn of Cary, NC; special sons-in-law Richard "Dick" Raugh of Peterstown and Frank Zblewski of Alexandria, VA. Also surviving, brother David and wife Sylvia of Hertford, NC, sister Connie Copeland and husband Bill of Pearisburg, VA, sister Janet Young of Salem, VA, sister Gail Lambert and husband Eddie of Salem, VA, special brother and sister-in-law Rex and Addie Runyon of Ruther Glen, VA, sister-in-law Edith Maness of Nicholasville, KY, thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends, including his special lifelong friend, William Broyles, his close friend and councilman, Burke Porterfield, and Peterstown Town Clerk, Melissa Raines. Additionally, the family wishes to thank his caregivers at the Springfield Center in Lindside, WV.
Jim had a wonderful sense of humor. He was loved and respected by so many and his legacy will be the love and kindness he had for all children and the wisdom that he passed on to his children. Heaven has indeed gained a remarkable man. As parting advice, Jim would say, learn something new every day.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Broyles Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, WV, with Pastor Paul Broyles officiating. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Peterstown Cemetery in Rich Creek, VA.
Visitation will be from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the funeral home.
Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.
Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.
Published on January 24, 2018
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