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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Marion County Senior Citizens. ”
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“Ms. Conaway, I am sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. You will remember me as a driver for you at East Side...Read More »
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“So sorry that we could not be with you at your time of need. May God bless the family. ”
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James Conaway

James Thomas Conaway, Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, 96, of Fairmont passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at his home. He was born in Barrackville on December 9, 1918 a son of the late J. Lawrence Conaway and Enola (Wagner) Conaway.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years Dorothy Ricer Conaway. Jim and his wife were members of the First Baptist Church in Fairmont.
Jim graduated from West Virginia University in 1941, with a degree in Agriculture, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a Combat Intelligence Officer during WWII. While leading his platoon across a swamp on Guadalcanal, he was wounded by a Japanese Sniper. He was rehabilitated in the naval hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later received the Purple Heart. He then served in China with Harvey Yu, his Chinese interpreter.
After the war, he worked in the family business, Conaway Feed Store. He later started his own business selling Sunny Side Up eggs. In addition he owned and operated Conaway Trailer Court in Barrackville. He retired as a manager of the Safeway Market.
Jim Conaway led a very active life, He enjoyed fishing, camping, he was a member of a square dance group and a bridge club. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was the longest, living member of the Nautilus in Fairmont. He and his wife Dorothy spent several winters at Bonita Springs, Florida where they made many friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Constance "Connie" Meluzio and her husband Carmen of Fairmont; two step sons, David Ricer and his wife Toni of Fairmont and Jeff Ricer and his wife Chris of Fairmont; his grandchildren, Michelle Ebert, Jaqueline Altmeyer, William James Ebert, Vernon John Ebert, Meghann Jo Martin, Amy Lauren Meluzio, Ryan Ricer, Kendra Ricer and Courtney Ricer; his great grandchildren, Elizabeth Altmeyer, Lillian Altmeyer, Evelyn Altmeyer, Ava Martin, Harper Martin and James "Bo" Ebert and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents James was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna De Marco and his second wife, Alice Lawson; a brother, Calvin R. Conaway and a sister Mary Sue Conaway.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 2pm to 8pm . The funeral service will be at 2pm on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the funeral home with Pastor Valerie Gittings and Pastor D.D. Meighen officiating. Interment will follow at the Ice Cemetery in Barrackville. Full Military Honors will be provided at graveside by the Marion County Military Honor Guard.
Online condolences: www.carpenterandford.com

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