Joseph Clinton Shamblin, 92, of Elkview, passed away at home on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 surrounded by family.
He was born Dec. 21, 1922 in Blakeley. Joe was raised in a coal company house along with eight other siblings. They learned to get along, grow their own food, work hard and value family. He rode the train into Quick to attend Quick Junior High and graduated from Elkview High School. Joe’s first job was working at the Glen L. Martin Airplane Factory in Baltimore, Md. During World War II he proudly enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served for eight years. After finishing basic training at Paris Island, Joe was stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division serving as an airplane mechanic in El Centro, Calif.
After the war, Joe worked for Purity Maid for 40 years as a bread route salesman. He truly loved his job and the people he met.
Joe was a member of the Masons, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners.
Most of all, Joe loved his family. He cherished his wife and six children, and all of his grandchildren.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Filmore and Cloa Belle Fields Shamblin of Quick; his son, John Joseph Shamblin of Clendenin; infant daughter, Jane; brothers, Fred, Lawrence and John; and sisters, Georgia Hunter, Elene Shamblin and Alice Carpenter.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Pansy Lee Dougherty Shamblin; daughters, Virginia Elizabeth Shamblin at home and Nora J. Johnson of Elkview; sons, Jack (Donna) of Charleston, Matt of Clendenin and Mark (Kelly) of Sissionville; daughters-in-law, Betty Jo Shamblin-Sams of Clendenin; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren that affectionately called him “Pawpaw”; sister, Betty Stewart of Nitro; and brother, Charles Shamblin of Brunswick, Ga.
The family would like to thank John Richards, DO for his care and friend, Pastor Nahum Balser, for his visits with Dad.
In keeping with his generous spirit of giving, Joe donated his body to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. A memorial service will be held at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, on March 7 at 1 p.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.