The Times West Virginian


February 27, 2013

Donald McElroy

Donald Jennings McElroy, 64, of Fairmont, passed away Monday (Feb. 25, 2013) at Fairmont General Hospital after a long battle with illness.

He was born in Fairmont on March 4, 1948, a son Mary Frances (Hilgert) McElroy Travelute of Fairmont and the late Wilson Jennings McElroy.

Donnie proudly served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam, where he earned a Purple Heart as well as other medals and ribbons for his bravery and courage. He was a self-employed master electrician and general contractor by trade. He was a one-of-a-kind father, grandfather and friend. After returning to Fairmont, he enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. His favorite pastime was playing the drums, hanging out and enjoying music with his family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he is survived and will be truly missed by his daughter, Dawn McCaulley and her husband Michael of Fairmont; and three beloved grandchildren, Brooke McCaulley, Tyler McCaulley and Evan McElroy, all of Fairmont.

Also surviving is a sister, JoAn McElroy Stemple; one brother, Rick McElroy and his wife Dorothy, all of Fairmont; David Uphold and Sharon Maxon of Fairmont; Eddy and Linda Cobb of Mannington; Terry Uphold of Virginia; and Cindy and Chad Vennis of Fairmont; 14 wonderful grandchildren, Dave Uphold, Heather Uphold, Daniel Uphold, Taylor Uphold, Summer McDonald, Valerie and Larry Heaster, Lori, Nova, Porsha, Beretta, Christian and William Cobb; close family friends, Benny and Shirley Hager; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his loving companion, Dorothy L. Uphold; a nephew, Donald Paul Erdie, who was named after Donnie; and the family pet companion, Boomer.

In keeping with the wishes of the deceased, his body will be cremated.

The family will receive friends at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.  A graveside service will be held at the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown at 2 p.m. Friday with Pastor Benny Hager officiating.

Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the Marion County Veterans Council Honor Guard. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Text Only
  • Emmett “Bud” Schmuck

    Emmett Lewis “Bud” Schmuck passed away at home on Friday (April 18, 2014).

    April 20, 2014

  • JP Guido II

    Joseph Paul “JP” Guido II, 61, of Fairmont, passed away Wednesday (April 16, 2014) at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown after a short battle with lung cancer.

    April 20, 2014

  • Letta Cochran

    Letta Louise Cochran, 88, of Fairmont, passed away Friday (April 18, 2014) at Fairmont General Hospital.

    April 20, 2014

  • James Pearl

    James Edward Pearl, 87, of Rivesville community, passed away Friday afternoon (April 18, 2014) in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

    April 20, 2014

  • Beverly Ann Price

    Beverly Ann Price, 72, of Gaston Avenue, Fairmont, passed away Friday (April, 18, 2014) at the Fairmont General Hospital.

    April 20, 2014

  • Sara Cool

    Sara Melvina Simmons Cool, 90, of Worthington, went to join the love of her life, Orval D. Cool, on April 18, 2014.

    April 20, 2014

  • Nuke-arms grade stock has been cut by Iran

    Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.
    The development — agreed to by Iran under a nuclear deal it struck late last year with six world powers — leaves Tehran with substantially less of the 20-percent enriched uranium that it would need for a nuclear warhead.

    April 18, 2014

  • Leona Leach

    Leona Catherine Harper Leach, 92, of Simpson, passed away on Wednesday (April 16, 2014) at her home, surrounded by her family.

    April 18, 2014

  • Thornton Gillis

    Thornton Allen “Gil” Gillis, 73, passed away peacefully Wednesday (March 26, 2014) at 9:05 p.m. PST with his devoted wife Gloria by his side.

    April 18, 2014

  • Mary Artman

    Mary E. Artman, 84, died Monday (April 14, 2014) at Tara Plantation in Carthage, N.C.

    April 18, 2014

House Ads
Featured Ads