BRIDGEPORT — James Thomas Bartlett, 73, of Bridgeport, WV, passed away on April 17, 2013, at his residence.
He was born February 3, 1940, in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of the late James Lawson Bartlett and the late Mary Gray Bartlett.
He was also preceded in death by two close relatives, his uncle, Thomas Gray and his cousin, Suzanne Chandler Watkins.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Elsa Endres Bartlett; a daughter, Heidi Gray Wiedebusch and her husband Charles of Morgantown, WV; two beloved grandchildren, Charles Jackson “Jack” and James Gray Wiedebusch of Morgantown, WV; a cousin, Judie White Luce and husband Don of Severna Park, MD; and a niece, Andrea Else Endres of Germany.
Jim graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1958. He attended Gordon Military College in Georgia, Furman University in South Carolina and West Virginia University.
He entered the military in 1962, completing Officer Candidate School in 1963. After completing U.S. Army Flight School for fixed-wing and rotary-wing helicopters, he was stationed in Germany before receiving his deployment orders. He served in Vietnam from 1967-1968, flying Mohawk reconnaissance planes. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters.
Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Bridgeport to run Bartlett Tire Service, the family business. In 1973, he began his career in the coal brokerage business and founded Black Hawk Mining Company in 1981. He remained actively involved in the natural resource business until the present time.
He was a 50-year member of Late Lodge No. 63 A.F. & A.M., the Scottish Rite, Valley of Clarksburg, the West Virginia Pilot Association and the Oral Lake Fishing Club. He was an exceptional woodworker, loved deep-sea fishing and flying and enjoyed the tranquility of his farm, Spring Ridge Farm. He was proud to share these loves with his grandsons.
Friends will be received at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 721 Hall Street, Bridgeport, WV, on Sunday from 4–6 p.m. A service of remembrance will be celebrated on Monday, April 22, 2013, in the church at 11:30 a.m. with the Reverend Anne West presiding.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to either Christ Episcopal Church, St. Barnabas Chapel, P.O. Box 1492, Clarksburg, WV 26302 or the Simpson Creek Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 231 West Philadelphia Avenue, Bridgeport, WV 26330.
Condolences may be extended to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
The Bartlett family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV