John Garner

John Henry “Jiggs” Garner, 91, of Masontown, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown.

He was born in Morgantown on November 22, 1926, a son of the late William N. Garner and Pearl D. (Sturn) Garner.

He worked as a coalminer for 44 years for Humphrey Coal Company, McCartney Coal Company and 22 of those for Consolidated Coal Company. He served his country in the US Army during WWII.

John is survived by three daughters, Linda Hanlin and husband Darrell, of Masontown, Deanna Hovatter and husband Lloyd, of Masontown and Helen Born, of Reedsville; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Leah Jane Shaffer Garner in 2012 and a son-in-law, Jacob Born.

Friends may call at the Field Funeral Home, in Masontown, from 2 – 8 p.m.  on Saturday, August 18, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, for the funeral services  with Pastor Marty Turner officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Preston County Honor Guard and the WVANG Honor Guard.

Interment will follow in the Masontown Cemetery.


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