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James "Mike" Michael Layman, 63, of Fairmont, Meadowdale Community, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.
He was born in Marion County on Aug. 22, 1953, a son of the late James E. Layman and Dolris "Dottie" (Saunders) Layman.
Mike graduated from East Fairmont High School in 1971. He worked for 30 years in the coal mining industry. He worked at Martinka and Loveridge in Marion County, Shoemaker and Windsor in Ohio County, Jim Walters in Alabama and Meigs in Ohio. He also worked at FMC as a fabricator.
Mike loved to hunt and fish at Capon Bridge, spending time with his grandchildren watching then play sports. Mike coached Fairmont Little League baseball for eight years. He took pride in having two championship teams. In addition, he coached FOP football and was a Cub Scout leader. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Mike was a member of the Mt. Nebo Church of Christ. He was a 32 Degree member of the Masonic Lodge No. 9 of Fairmont, Osiris Shriners of Wheeling and Scottish Rite of Morgantown.
Mike is survived by his very loving wife, Debbie Layman, his childhood sweetheart. The couple were married on Nov. 24, 1973; three lovely children and their spouses, Jennifer and Mike Walker of Clarksburg, Michelle and Kevin Duckworth of Worthington and Michael and Sandra Layman of Fairview; his very special grandchildren, Michaela Walker, Isaac Walker, Savannah Duckworth, Jessalyn Duckworth, Roger Duckworth, Nathan Layman, Madison Blair and Gatlin West; his brother, Charles "Pat" Layman and his wife Becky of Rivesville; his sister, Rebecca Markley and her husband Rod of Fairmont; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles and his loyal Yorker Terrier, Roxy Layman, whom he loved very much.
Also surviving are his in-laws, Linda Suplita of Rivesville, Bonnie and Gary Wamsley of Fairmont, Mark and Laura Cottrill of Bridgeport and David and Diana Carter of Fairmont.
In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Ruth Layman; his wife's parents, Carl L. and Retha Evelyn (Bowman) Carter; and a nephew, Richard Cottrill.
Mike's family would like to extend a thank you to Jennifer Cottril whom he called his "adopted daughter and hospital buddy," Jason and Bernadette Lacy for loving support and Bible studies. A special thank you for the great care from Dr. Michael Angotti and Dr. Richard Vasicek. They also appreciate the Amedisys Hospice staff, Kerri Bennett, Jennifer Rigsby, Chrystal Efaw, Aaron Elliott and Karen Shriver. A very special thanks to nephew, Chuck Layman, for being there to help with camp, housing repairs during difficult times, and a special friend Gary Harr, for Bible study and his driver.
Friends and family may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Minister Norman Floyd officiating. Interment will follow at the Mount Zion Cemetery. Graveside Masonic Rites will be conducted by the A.F. Masonic Lodge No. 9 of Fairmont.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Layman family at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on July 28, 2017
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