Clive West died on January 9, 2014 at the West Virginia Nursing Facility in Clarksburg.
Clive had celebrated his 100th birthday at his home in Weston on October 8, 2013. Clive was born on October 8, 1913 on the Wilson West homestead on Stone Lick Run near CoxÕs Mills in Gilmer County. His grandfather had moved from Duck Creek in Harrison County in 1873 and built the log home along with help of his sons.
Clive was the oldest son of Oliver Worthy and Essie Ward West. Surviving is a sister, Virginia West of Troy; sister-in-law, Edna West of Troy; nephew, Larry (Debbie) West of New Martinsville; and niece, Lucy Ann West of Glenville. Also surviving is a nephew, Charles (Charlotte) Fisher of CA; and niece, Mary Ellen Villers of Weston. Great nephews and nieces are, Chad West and Nathan West of New Martinsville; Adam (Erika) West of Clarksburg; Nicole (A.J.) Nastasi of Morgantown; Caryn Fisher and Charles( Becky) Fisher of CA. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Warner West and his brother, Damon West.
He was a World War II veteran and served 21 months in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and Germany with the 56th Field Artillery, 8th Infantry division, and 3rd Army.
He was awarded four battle stars and was discharged as a sergeant in October 1945. His unit spent the winter of 1944-1945 driving towards Germany, participating in five battles, ending up north of Berlin when the Germans surrendered in early May 1945. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge.
Clive worked for 27 years of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Division. Clive and Mary were actively involved traveling throughout the state and were involved in locating old cemeteries and recording information. They compiled extensive records of Lewis County cemeteries. They were both involved in the Lewis County Historic Society and the West Virginia Historical Society. He was coauthor of a booklet entitled The West Cemetery on Duck Creek in Harrison County, West Virginia. He assisted his good friend William Donnelly who wrote the book The Wests of Duck Creek, Harrison County, Virginia (now West Virginia).
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston, a member of the American Legion of Weston for 67 years, Veterans of foreign wars, and a charter member of the WV. Agriculture Hall of Fame and a graduate of Troy High School 1933. He was proud that he voted in every primary and general election from 1934 to the present. He voted absentee when in Europe during World War II.
Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston on Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Funeral services were held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel, Reverend Sharon West officiated. Interment followed services in Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV. Full Military honors were conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard. On-line condolences and life stories in memory of Clive may be expressed at hardman-palettifuneralhome.com.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston was honored to serve the family of Clive West.