Alderson-Jean Pitzer Gwinn, 99, joined God’s throng of angels Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at the Brier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Ronceverte. Her daughter, Judy, was by her side, and family members were with her throughout the day.
Born Jan. 20, 1920, in Alderson, she was the daughter of the late Marshall E. and Grace Lomax Hoke Pitzer.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Gwinn; daughter, Bobbie Jean Gwinn; grandson, John David Loughhead; son-in-law, David C. Loughhead; brother, Harold H. Pitzer; and sisters, Hazel I. Pitzer and Betty Pitzer Johnson.
Mrs. Gwinn was a graduate of Alderson High School, class of 1937. She retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Reformatory for Women in Alderson. She was a lifetime member of the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Alderson, where she served the ministry in many capacities. She enjoyed cooking and especially loved gardening and flowers. Mrs. Gwinn’s legacy is a life full of love and commitment, love for her family and friends that knew no end and a commitment to her faith and church which was lifelong.
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
Survivors include her daughter, Judith G. Loughhead of Buena Vista, VA; two grandsons, Robert P. Loughhead (Melissa) of Watertown, NY and Jason G. Loughhead (Grace) of Lexington, VA; three great-grandsons, John Thomas Loughhead, Harrison Loughhead, and William Loughhead; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Alderson where the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kanode and the Rev. Sam Groves officiated. Private family burial followed in the Riverview Cemetery, Creamery. Friends called Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the church before the service.
Serving as pallbearers were Tom Johnson, David Sanders, Roy Loudermilk, Robert Loughhead, Jason Loughhead, and John Thomas Loughhead.
The family would like to extend a thank you to all who loved her, visited her at home and at the Brier, the staff at the Brier who attended her so faithfully and established a friendship with her, and a special thank you to Roy and Linda Loudermilk who were so faithful to her in so many ways.
For those wishing to show an expression of sympathy, contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Gwinn to the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 477, Alderson, WV 24910.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Gwinn family at www.lobbanfh.com.
Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.