Rev. John Manning Negley, 82, of Kingwood, W.Va., died Feb. 27, 2012, at Heartland of Preston County.
John was born on Dec. 16, 1929, in Moundsville, a son of the late Dale and Julia (Manning) Negley.
He graduated from Moundsville High School, and then later graduated from Fairmont State College, then from Duke University Pastors School at Durham, N.C. He served as a pastor and was a member of the West Virginia Conference at the United Methodist Church for 43 years before his retirement in 1991. His first appointment was at the Steelton Church at New Martinsville. Other appointments include Ballah at Grant Town, West Union United Methodist Church in West Union, Franklin United Methodist Church in Wellsburg, St. Paul’s in Paden City, Wesley United Methodist Church in Kingwood and St. Matthew Church in Weston. After his retirement in 1991, John and Virginia moved back to Kingwood where he was Pastor Emeritus at Wesley United Methodist Church for several years. He was appointed a Cooperative Parish Coordinator several different years and was elected to serve on the West Virginia Conference Council of Finance and Administration for six years. He served on the board and was president of Northern Panhandle Behavioral Center in Wheeling, Valley Mental Health Board in Morgantown and the Summit Center for Human Development in Clarksburg. John was past president and member of the Kingwood Rotary Club, a member of Preston Lodge 90, AF & AM, Kingwood, and Scottish Rite Bodies 32 degree in Wheeling and in 1995 served as the Past Grand Chaplin of the Grand Lodge of Masons of West Virginia. He was the Citizen of the Year in Kingwood in 2004.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Virginia Skaggs Negley; one son and spouse, John Manning Negley Jr. and Debbie of Williamstown; three daughters and spouses, Rose Anne and David of Wellsburg, Donna and Joe Ward of Paden City and Rebecca Phillips of New Mexico; seven grandchildren, Jaime Wolfe, Gerrod Negley, Farrah Bowers, David Burdette, Emily Ward, Marsha Ward and Preston Phillips; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma (McCoy) Negley in 1989 and his half brother, Elmer Negley.
At the family’s request, a private graveside service will be held Saturday at Maplewood Cemetery with the Rev. Jennifer Williams and the Rev. Ellen Rowan officiating. A memorial service will be held in the Rev. Negley’s honor this spring under the arrangements of Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel.