Death of James Andrew Larch

James Andrew Larch, 93, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

Mr. Larch was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division, attaining the rank of master sergeant. He served in Italy and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He retired from Consolidated Gas Supply Corporation, where he was an engine compression specialist.

Mr. Larch was a member of Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston. He was a Mason and member of Kanawha Lodge No. 20 AF&AM, 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, where he served as Almoner, York Rite Bodies, Beni Kedem Shrine, where he served on the Directors Staff, and the Royal Jesters.

Mr. Larch was preceded in death by his parents, William M. and Lucy (Hammock) Larch; son, Ronald James Larch; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Virginia Larch of Charleston; daughter, Carol Adams and husband, Willis, of Englewood, Fla.; and sister, Phyllis Amenhauser of Orlando, Fla.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Dr. Jay Parkins officiating. Burial will follow at Belknap Cemetery, Gassaway, with Masonic graveside rites provided by Kanawha Lodge No. 20 and military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 33, Braxton County.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the numerous caregivers and Hospice staff for the compassionate care given to James.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Larch’s name should be directed to Kanawha HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

The family will accept online condolences at

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Larch family.