James Poisal

James Poisal

Wednesday, July 4th, 1928 Saturday, September 26th, 2020

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Obituary for James William Poisal Jr.

James W. Poisal, Jr., 92, of Hedgesville passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Berkeley Medical Center.

Jimmy was born July 4, 1928 to James William Poisal, Sr. and Sara Gilbert Fry Poisal. He was a fifth generation life-long resident of Hedgesville.

He graduated from Shepherd College in 1950 and served in the US Navy from 1950-1954. When his father passed away in 1957, Jimmy took over as owner/operator of the Hedgesville Grocery until its closing in 1984. In 1987, Jimmy started a new career of substitute teaching, regularly filling in at Hedgesville High School over the next 30 years, until 2017. He truly loved that school, donating funds for a new track and soccer complex at the school, which is named Poisal Park in his honor.

Jimmy was life-time member of Mt. Zion Episcopal Church in Hedgesville, where he served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Vestry member, and Trustee.

He is survived by one brother, David Paul Poisal of Oaxaca, Mexico; one sister, Elizabeth Boxold of Fountain Valley, California; several nieces and nephews; as well as his very special and dedicated caregiver, Rhonda Bailey.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Fry Poisal Hollis.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:00AM at Hedgesville Cemetery with Father Brian Shoda officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to HHS James Poisal Memorial Scholarship and sent to Hedgesville High School, 109 Ridge Road North, Hedgesville, WV 25427 Attn: Lori Kneisly.

Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.

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Ronnie Good

There is know words to describe Jimmy, a man of many talents.
Comment | Posted at 10:36am via Condolence

Jimmy was a dear friend of mine for many years. I first hired him as a substitute teacher when I was at Hedgesville High and that started lifetime of friendship. He was always there to chat and help everyone in need. It breaks my heart not to be able to pick up the phone and talk to him like always... He will be remembered by many as a friend and a really good person...He set the example of caring for many
Comment | Posted at 06:35am via Condolence

Sylvia Fries

Such a wonderful person. My mother, Mary Ellen Vermilyea, grew up wit Jimmy in Hedgesville. She had high regards for Jimmy and we visited him several times.
Comment | Posted at 06:29am via Condolence

Cheryl J Skinner, Tri-State Military Museum

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of James William Poisal, Jr., give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, James William Poisal, Jr., is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
Comment | Posted at 01:34am via Condolence

Judy Flick Shultz

Jimmy Poisal was a mentor to a myriad of students at Hedgesville High School. He touched many hearts with his kind words and caring disposition. He always had a story and a smile. I am blessed to have known him and called him friend. Heaven has gained another angel. Love and miss you, Jimmy❤️🙏❤️🙏
Comment | Posted at 09:18pm via Condolence

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