John C. Harrah

March 18, 1930October 2, 2020

John C. Harrah of Cross Lanes passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020, at the age of 90. John was born in Meadow Creek, WV on March 18, 1930, to Grafton and Leora Harrah. John graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1948, where he was an outstanding baseball player. He attended West Virginia State College, served in the Korean War and was employed at Union Carbide until retiring in 1985. As the story goes, John saw a beautiful blonde walking through the gate at Carbide and immediately fell in love. John married Doris Smith on August 27, 1954. They were together until her death on August 9, 2015. John is survived by his son Jeff, daughters Mari-Leigh Holcomb and Roxanne (Adam) Cadle, all of Cross Lanes, WV, and grandchildren: Abigail Cadle, John Holcomb, Mason Laremore and his nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his wife Doris, parents Grafton and Leora, brothers Alvin (Helen) Harrah and Dick (Bonnie) Harrah as well as a niece and nephew. John never met a stranger, was a consummate storyteller and enjoyed his morning fellowship at Nitro Tudors. His love of baseball inspired him to coach little league, impacting the lives of many young men. He was a member of Humphrey’s United Methodist Church. John enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and gardening, and was a member of the New River Yacht Club. John’s greatest joy was spending time with his children, family and friends. It is certain John is celebrating with those that went before him, his beautiful blonde, his family and friends; and is surely planning a fishing trip with his buddies. Special thanks to his caregivers Jackie, Kathy, and LuAnn. A graveside service will be held Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at 1:00PM at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Rd., Cross Lanes, WV 25313 is assisting the Harrah family. In keeping with the CDC guidelines the family is asking everyone to practice social distancing, as well as, wear masks. Online condolences may be made by visiting


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Christina Tassos

October 8, 2020

I know that Doris and Shafeca (my mom) are rejoicing to have Pooch join them in heaven! God grant His comfort to everyone who loved John. He was never without a smile or a bag of his home grown veggies to give away. There are far too few people like John on earth. Our family sends love—Christina, Michael, Caitlin, Juliana and Nicholas Tassos

Bill Minner

October 7, 2020

Jeff, Mari-Leigh and Roxanne, we are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad and Mom were great parents to the whole neighborhood. It was a magical time in a magical neighborhood. We are glad we got to share it with you.

The Minners

Shannon Young

October 7, 2020

I can’t think of a more loving or fun person than my Uncle Johnny. He was so proud of, and loved his family so much. I have so many memories there just isn’t room to post them. But I loved him so much. I wish everyone could have the pleasure of having an Uncle like mine! My love and condolences to my cousins and their family. Always remember he is with with you. And know that you have a wonderful angel Looking over you. ❤️❤️❤️

LuAnn Hall

October 7, 2020

I didn’t know John very long, but in the short time I did, I knew it was going to be a pleasure helping him. He was such a kind man and his family was wonderful. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Christine Smith

October 7, 2020

Jeff, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. My memory of your dad is through the stories you would tell us at work. The smile that would light up whenever you would talk about him and your mom. May God keep you and comfort you and your family through this difficult time. Take care of you.

Harry Baer III

October 7, 2020

Thoughts and prayers.

Johnny Starcher

October 6, 2020

Jeff, So sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. I remember seeing him in Cross Lanes with his dog in his truck beside him. And who could forget playing baseball for him as the coach of A & W Rootbeer in little league. He was a great person to have as one of your first sports coaches. May he Rest In Peace!

Jim Henson

October 6, 2020

Mari-Leigh, Roxanne and Jeffery - My memories of your Dad (Pooch) was his easy going way and he always seemed to be in a great mood.

Both of your parents were wonderful people.

My thoughts and Prayers are with your entire family.

God bless.

Jim Henson

October 6, 2020

Mari-Leigh, Roxanne & Jeffery. My memories of your Dad (Pooch), as a very special man , with an easy going way about him, who always seemed to be in a great mood.

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

God Bless.

Doug Haynes

October 6, 2020

Words can not express the sorrow we feel with passing of a loved one. I'll always cherish the quick wit your dad had and his grin when he shared a story. Johnnie and Doris were more than friends, they were part of our family for so many years. Prayers and sympathy be with each and everyone of you. Knowing your dad, he has a fishing trip planned and started a new garden to tend.


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