James Atha Kerns


James Atha Kerns, 86 yrs., passed away May 11th 2019, approximately 3:20p.m. at home, in Pataskala, Ohio. He was formerly of Sun St., Parkersburg, WV.
Jim was born June 26th 1932, in Fairmont, WV Son of the late, Ina Ellen Vangilder and Timothy Francis Kerns.
Jim retired after 30 yrs., from Kaiser Aluminum. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 yrs. and was stationed at Manston Airforce Base, England, during the Korean War.
Jim and his wife JoAnn, were married 67 yrs.
Jim and JoAnn have been members of Bethel Baptist church for many years, where they sang in the choir and he served as an elder and deacon. He volunteered with Lubeck Fire Department, for several years. He enjoyed his garden, hunting, camping, fishing and of course, a spin on his motorcycle, every now and then.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 67 yrs., JoAnn Haney Kerns; one sister, Patricia Kerns Tatterson Kocelik (Joe); Daughters, Jeanne Kerns Dorton (Jeff) and Melody Kerns Bieser (Tom); five Grandchildren, Thomas Bieser (Nadia), James Bieser (Kellie), Jacob Dorton (Steph), Josiah Dorton (Mayra), Daisy Dorton Armstrong (Simon) also, they've been blessed with 16 Great-grandchildren, Asher, Nyah, Cyrah, Yasmin, Oliver, JJ, Noah, Annie, Henry, Jonas, Izaak, Josie, Mason, Charley, Parker and Rosley .
Preceded in death by one brother, Robert Kerns; brother-in-law, Tom Tatterson and three sisters, Dot Kerns Steel (Jack), Margaret Kerns Sicardi (Si) and Mary Kerns Clark.
Family visitation will be Friday 10:00-11:00a.m. and for friends 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Services will be 1 PM Friday, May 17, 2019 at Leavitt Funeral Home, 403 7th street Parkersburg, WV 26101. Burial will be 4 PM Friday, at Mount Zion Cemetery, Fairmont, WV, with military honors. Online condolences may be sent at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.
Published on May 14, 2019
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Janey Smith Ingalls
May 20, 2019
Dear Kern’s family,
I am so sorry about your loss! I knew Mr..Jimmy Kerns well! I can still see him coming downstairs to check on us when we had sleepovers with Jeanne and were probably being crazy loud and having too much fun! He was a wonderful father and husband and will always be remembered. Yes, I do remember his shiny motorcycle! as well! Jo Anne, Jeanne, and Melody...,
My heart and prayers ..,
Love, Janey Smith Ingalls