Dellis R. "Ray" Vawter, 86, of Moundsville, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale.
He was born Nov. 11, 1927, in Buckhannon, a son of the late Denzle Ray and June Matilda Pennington Vawter.
Dellis was a retired coal miner at the Consol Energy Shoemaker Mine; was a member of the Cornerstone Church of God, Moundsville; a U.S. Navy veteran proudly serving in WWII and Korean Conflict aboard U.S.S. Kearsarge; a member of the V.F.W. Post No. 437, Moundsville; member of the American Legion Post No. 3, Moundsville; a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 9, Wheeling.
He was an avid bowler, loved fishing and hunting and especially loved his "adopted grandchildren". Dellis was also known for his generosity within the community.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joanna Smith Vawter, in 2005; two sons, Bernard Vawter and Brian Heath Vawter; one sister, Bertha Cockran; five brothers, Ray Barl, Basil Jr., George Harris, Leonard Wayne and Richard Boyd; and his puppy, Joe.
Survivors include four sisters, Virginia Arenz and Donna Harris, both of Pennsylvania, Sheila Fortin of Canada and Vonda Brown of Virginia; grandchildren, Rebecca (James) Davis, David (Shelly) Conner, Roy Conner, Jesse Conner, Lori (Greg) Preston and Michelle (John) Raymond; several great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a special friend that was like a "sister," Loretta Conner.
Family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with I.O.O.F services at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, with Pastor Ron Wilfong officiating.
Interment will be in the Halcyon Hills Memorial Garden, Sherrard, where the Moundsville Honor Guard will conduct military services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the WVU Children's Hospital, PO Box 8200 (ROC 117) Morgantown, WV 26506.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.