William “Virgil” Pitsenbarger, age 89, of Franklin, WV and formerly Moyers, WV passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at Pendleton Manor. He was born December 22, 1927 in Moyers,WV a son of the late Benjamin “Cam” Cameron and Dorothy Louella (Simmons) Pitsenbarger.
Mr. Pitsenbarger was a member of St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church. A retired farmer and logger, Virgil had additionally worked in sawmills and as a night watchman for the former Hanover Shoe Company.
Mr. Pitsenbarger was predeceased by his son, Sonny Lee Pitsenbarger; as well as his brothers, Dewey Homer Pitsenbarger, Dolen Lee Pitsenbarger, and James Otha Pitsenbarger.
Surviving family members include his wife of 66 years, Retha Mae (Simmons) Pitsenbarger; step-grandson, Calvert Lee James of Dayton; step great-granddaughter, Peyton Bethany James; daughter-in-law, Michelle Pitsenbarger of Bridgewater; his sister, Janet Imogene Hoover of Harrisonburg; as well as half-sisters, Edna Bennett of Bridgewater, and Jeanie Persinger of Delaware.
A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 at St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Gary Simmons, Greg Hammer, Michael Pitsenbarger, Wendell Pitsenbarger, Jeff Pitsenbarger, and Jim Armstrong.
Freddie Arbogast, Norman Puffenbarger, and Calvert James will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church one hour prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church, c/o Delbert Rexrode, Jr., 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill, VA 24433.