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January 15, 2014

John W. Shrewsbury

SPANISHBURG —  Born December 6, 1947 at Princeton, he was the son of the late Cebert Shrewsbury and Mayce Maxey Shrewsbury.

Mr. Shrewsbury was a graduate of Spanishburg High School and Concord College. He taught for Mercer County Schools for 34 years, serving as band director at Spanishburg High School for 32 years. John owned and operated Bluestone Valley Electric serving his community as a Master Electrician. He was always a big part of the Bluestone Valley Fair and the Spanishburg Ramp Dinner. John's quick wit and sense of humor, and love for his community and students will always be remembered.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two aunts, Irene Strasko and Edna Ford; and his mother and father in law, Marley and Afton Pittsenbarger.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, and the love of his life, LaVada Rae Shrewsbury; a brother-in-law, Bren Pittsenbarger and his wife Nancy of Carl; an aunt, Pauline Byrd and her husband Raymond of Roanoke, VA; goddaughter, Krista Stowers and her husband Joseph of Princeton; two nephews, David Pittsenbarger of Pulaski, VA and Lee Pittsenbarger of Ronceverte; one niece, Lisa Witt of Carl; and Bud, his faithful cat. Other friends left to remember his love and loyalty include Jo and Carl Harris, Duke Harmon, Ken Salyer, Leland Blankenship, David King, Barbara Benton, Teresa Farley and family and favorite cuz, Wanda Mitchem.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. James Ford and close friend, Ronnie Wellman officiating.  

A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Friends and family attending the service are asked to meet at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home at 10:45 a.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Harry Hull, Tommy Witt, David Pittsenbarger, Lee Pittsenbarger, Leland Blankenship, Carl Harris, Duke Harmon and Russ Mitchem.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mercer County Humane Society, 961 Shelter Rd., Princeton, WV 24740.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until service hour at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.  

To view a video tribute to Mr. Shrewsbury, or send the family online condolences, please visit

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