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C. Jason Smith - LIC, Co-Owner
Catherine A. Smith, LAFD, Co-Owner



John R. Shay

January 11, 1938 ~ November 21, 2018 (age 80)
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John Raymond Shay, age 80, of Morgantown, passed away Wednesday evening, November 21, 2018 at his residence with his family at his side.

He was born January 11, 1938 in Westernport, MD, a son of the late James LaRue Shay and the late Laura Kitzmiller Shay.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley M. Walker Shay; his children, Kasandra M. Shay and her husband Michael Killoren of State College, PA, and Kimberly R. Wright and her husband Laird of Morgantown; his grandchildren, Matias I. Diez Shay, Katelyn Marie Killoren, and Alexandra Renee (Lexi), Caleb Matthew and Ian Andrew Wright; sister, Alta Rose Cannon and her husband Granville of Selbyville, DE, and his twin sister Joanne R. Beavers and her husband Woodrow of Keyser, WV; a sister-in-law, Polly Shay of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother-in-law, Raymond McDowell of Burlington, WV and many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Thelma Green, Laura Jean Steward, and Julia Louise McDowell; and his brothers, Lewis Dorsey, James Calvin and Luther Ray Shay.

John graduated from Bruce High School in Westernport, MD, Class of 1956. He served in the United States Air Force from 1956-1960.

He then enrolled at WVU where he graduated in 1965 with a BA degree, and obtained his master’s degree in 1969 in Guidance and Counseling. He worked for Sterling Faucet Company from 1965-1967 and then worked as a Guidance Counselor for 28 years at Clay Battelle High School and Morgantown High School, where he retired in 1997.

John was an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Grafton.

Friends may join the family to honor John’s life and legacy at Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave., Morgantown on Sunday, November 25th from 1-3 & 6-8 PM, and again on Monday, November 26th from 12 Noon until the time of the funeral service at 1 PM. John will be laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery in Pisgah, with Full Military Honors accorded at the graveside.

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