The video Tribute above is of my Grandfather, Howard Nicholas “Nick” Barb. At his untimely death on May 7, 1981, his family began supporting each other at home, going through pictures, and decided to create a tribute in his honor. It was decided to use particular pictures that would create a lasting memory tribute to keep and share. One that would show his life from the beginning to the end of his life. What is happening during this process is a healing, sharing, laughing, crying and remembering of the good times and bad.

The family could have used many different and more pictures for the Tribute, but the ones you will see are those that reflect his childhood and his short life of 53 years. “May 5, 1928 thru May 7, 1981.” The family chose for the background of the Tribute, “Outdoors”. He was a hunterman, fisherman, and gun collector and enjoyed hunting camps with his lifelong friends. The music that you will hear is not necessarily what he would have chosen, but it’s what the family thought and liked for the Tribute.

The pictures we chose for the Tribute, we felt after many discussions, arguments, laughter and tears, reflected what we want our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and so on, to learn what kind of man he was. And having this video for family and next generations to cherish will also let them know a little bit about their family history and who they are about.

The Video Tribute is a lasting memory for family and friends to keep and share in the Celebration of a Life that we all loved very much.

Jeffrey "Adam" Barb

Jeffrey "Adam" Barb, age 28 years, a native of Parsons, WV and a resident of the Lazy Run Community, Kerens, WV, departed this life late Friday evening, July 8, 2016 at Kerens, WV, as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born Tuesday, May 17th, 1988 at Elkins, WV, a son of Jeffrey Allan and Anita Marie DeMotto Barb, who survive.

Also surviving are one brother, Hugh Nicholas "Nick" Barb and wife Courtney; Grandparents, Hugh and Maggie DeMotto of Red Creek, WV and Jane H. Barb of Parsons; Aunts and Uncles, Hughie DeMotto of Red Creek, Mike DeMotto and wife Lorrie of Gilman, Sidnee Barb of OH and Riley H. Barb and wife Amy of Canaan Valley, cousins, Bethany Miller and husband Fred, and their daughter Rylee of Alabama, Emily, Jacob, Mikaela and Bretsell DeMotto, all of Elkins, and Charlee Barb of Lost Creek; and two nephews, Luke and Beau Barb, who he adored; and Adam had many great friends that he leaves behind.

Preceding him in death is his Grandfather, Howard Nicholas "Nick" Barb.

He was a graduate of Tucker County High School with the class of 2006, where he was a member of the football squad. He received the Darren Moss Award while attending Tucker Valley Middle School, which reflects his selfless attitude for his peers and his teachers. He attended Fairmont State University, and West Virginia University. He graduated with honors Cum Laude from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science with the class of 2011. Adam then joined his family's funeral home, Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins and Parsons, WV, as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He was third generation of the funeral home. Adam was instramental in developing the Dove Release Program, both training and raising the birds used at graveside services for the families the funeral homes serves. Adam was known for his smile. He was a beautiful young man, kind, loving, funny, and a very good friend to anyone he came in contact with. We will miss you dearly My Adam, "Dwib", "Dwiblet".

Adam was laid to rest at the Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons, WV. 

John Wilson Lohr

John Wilson Lohr, age 84 years, a well known and respected funeral director of Elkins, West Virginia, departed this life Friday evening, October 3, 2003, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following a massive stroke at his home on Thursday evening. He was born Wednesday, April 9, 1919, at Rochester, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Charles Webster Lohr and Florence Geneva Guthrie Lohr. He was raised in Paden City, West Virginia. Following graduation in 1937 from Magnolia High School at New Martinsville, West Virginia, he served his apprenticeship at the Glen A. Mowery Funeral Home, Paden City. He graduated from Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1940 and was employed at A. L. Hawkins Funeral Home, Bluefield, West Virginia, until he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942. On September 17, 1944, at Littleton, West Virginia, he married the former Katherine Louise "Kitty" Bradley, who survives. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Mr. Lohr accepted employment with the F. E. Runner Funeral Home in Elkins, beginning work there on Thanksgiving Day 1945. On July 1, 1947, Mr. Lohr purchased the Kendall Funeral Home and established the John W. Lohr Funeral Home, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1982. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home.

Also surviving are two daughters, Patricia Louise "Patty" Lohr Pearson, Charleston and Marcia Ann Lohr, Raleigh, North Carolina, and two brothers, Charles Edward "Tate and Maurice Neil Lohr.

Preceding him in death besides his parents are one infant brother, Patrick.

Mr. Lohr was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee for nearly forty years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Davis Trust Company from 1967 to 2000. In 1968, Mr. Lohr was elected to the Board of Directors of National Selected Morticians, serving in that capacity for three years. He was elected International President of NSM at Houston, Texas in 1971. He was affiliated with the Elkins - Randolph County YMCA for many years, having served as President and Board Member and was named Director Emeritus in 1998. He was named Business Man of the Year by Beta Alpha Beta Honorary Fraternity at Davis & Elkins College, where he had been a student during the early 1950's. He was a past member of the Elkins Kiwanis Club, was a member of the Kerens Lodge # 183, I.O.O.F., the Knights of Pythias Lodge # 76, the Elkins Lodge # 1135, B.P.O.E., as well as the Elk's Country Club, where he was an avid golfer, the H. W. Daniel's Post # 29, American Legion, the 40 & 8 Voiture # 1117, at Elkins, the West Virginia Funeral Director's Association, the National Funeral Director's Association, the Mountaineer Chapter, Izaak Walton League, the Elkins Lodge # 108, A. F. & A. M. over fifty years, the Osiris Temple at Wheeling, the Pilgrim Commandry # 21, Knights Templar, the Tygart Valley Shrine Club and the Elkins Chapter # 35, Royal Arch Masons over fifty years.

Mr. Lohr was laid to rest at the Maplewood Cemetery at Elkins, WV.


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