Mrs. Janis Thema (Wiseman) Pharis, 87, a resident of Junior, departed this life Thursday morning, Dec. 12, 2013, in Davis Memorial Hospital following a period of declining health.
She was born July 13, 1926, at Harding, a daughter of the late Albert Clinton and Zella Missouri (McCauley) Wiseman.
On Aug. 16, 1947, at Belington she was united in marriage to James William "Bill" Pharis Sr., who preceded her in death April 27, 2002.
She is survived by two sons, James W. "Butch" Pharis Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Junior, Michael A. Pharis and wife, Mary, of Junior; four daughters, Linda C. Cox and husband, Gene, of Good Hope, Karen S. Snyder of Belington, Janet L. Baisi and husband, Rick, of Kenova and Gloria J. Pudder and husband, Carl, of Junior.
Also surviving are two sisters, Betty J. Bender of Essex, Md., and Mary R. Scott of Elkins; 12 grandchildren, 19 great- grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by nine siblings; one son-in-law, Herbert Snyder; one grandson, Kenneth Cox; great-grandson Connor Nicholas Boone; and one step grandson, Dickie L. Mallow.
Mrs. Pharis attended the schools of Barbour County and she was last employed at Golden Clinic in housekeeping and was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. She was a member of the Philippi Congregation of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Friends will be received at Talbott Funeral Home in Belington from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, and on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., the funeral hour when final rites will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Minister Richard Dickson officiating. Interment will follow in the Trinity Cemetery near Junior.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311 (1-800-342-2383, diabetes.org) or to the Philippi Jehovah's Witnesses, 300 River Bend Road, Belington WV 26250.
Talbott Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Janis Thema (Wiseman) Pharis. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.c om.