Robert James "Bob" Schoonover, 74, a former resident of Tucker County, a resident of Elkins and former president and C.E.O. of Citizens National Bank, departed this life early Sunday morning, July 13, 2014, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He had been in declining health.
He was born Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1939, at Junior, a son of the late Doyle Ward and Genevieve Marie Kenney Schoonover.
On July 4, 1982, at Elkins, he was married to the former Emma Lee Crawford, who survives at Elkins.
Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Holliday and husband, Roger, and Debra Lynn "Debbie" Sullivan and husband, Mike, all of Elkins; one son, Herbert Lee Schoonover and wife, Debbie, of Parsons; one brother, Dennis W. Schoonover of Uniontown, Ohio; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1957. He served as class president for four years, was co-captain of the football squad and was active in 4-H. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he was a radiological technician until 1965. He worked for Sears Roebuck and Co. of Chicago, Ill., until 1973, at which time he began employment at Citizens National Bank. He served as president and CEO of Citizens National Bank from 1994 until his retirement in 2005.
Mr. Schoonover was a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank of West Virginia from 1994 until present and Citizens Financial Corp.'s Board of Directors from 1998 until present.
Mr. Schoonover served as chairman of the Board of the West Virginia Bankers Association (WVBA) in 2006 through 2007, and was a 12-year member of its board of directors. He also served on the WVBA Legislative Committee.
Mr. Schoonover was a former member of the Elkins Rotary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, BPOE Elkins Lodge, Pythagoras Lodge 128 A.F & A.M., Osiris Temple of Wheeling, Tygart Valley Shrine Club, Elkins Chapter35 R.A.M. and Pilgrim Commandery 21. He is a past commander of American Legion Post 29 and a former color guard sergeant of the West Virginia Highlanders. He received the Outstanding Businessman of Elkins Award by Beta Alpha Beta Honorary Business Fraternity of Davis & Elkins College and recipient of the Gordon E. Hermanson Service Award. In 1998, FEMA awarded him with an Outstanding Local Business Person Award, and in 2005, Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society of Davis & Elkins College bestowed him with a business Honorarium. He received the Distinguished West Virginian Award by Gov. Manchin in 2005.
In keeping with Mr. Schoonover's wishes there will not be a public viewing or funeral service. A private family gathering will take place at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Little Arlington Cemetery at Cravensdale.
The family suggests that expression of sympathy be in form of contributions to the Randolph County Humane Society, 195 Weese St., Elkins, WV 26241 or to the church or charity of your choice.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Robert James "Bob" Schoonover. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.