James “Jim/Buffalo” Wilt


BUCKHANNON — James “Jim/Buffalo” Wilt, 80, of French Creek, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at Holbrook’s Nursing Home in Buckhannon. He was born Aug. 8, 1937 in French Creek, a son of the late Marion Wheeler and Neva Ellen Haynes Wilt.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant brother. Surviving are one son, Jamie Wilt and wife Jodee, of French Creek; two daughters, Tina Coughlin and husband Denzil and Pamela Wilt, all of Buckhannon; one granddaughter, Sadie Wilt, of French Creek; one grandson, Keith Wilt and Tiffany Claypool, of Buckhannon; one great-grandson, Eli James Wilt, of Buckhannon; two brothers, Charles Wilt, of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Ralph Wilt and wife Carolyn, of Staunton, Va.; one sister, Sue Nay and husband John, of Shinnston, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wilt served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1961. He was a former volunteer in the Banks District Fire Department, drove for Carnation Milk in the 60s and 70s and worked in road construction from the 70s until the 90s.

Jim worked for Gene Brake until the early 2000s. His yearly vacation with his children and grandchildren to Cass Scenic Railroad became a favorite tradition that he eagerly looked forward to. “Paw Paw” took great delight in his grandchildren. He spent many hours fishing with Keith and watching Sadie and Eli play together always put a smile on his face.

Friends will be received at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 from noon to 2 p.m. the funeral hour with  Rev. Helen R. Oates officiating.

Burial will follow in the Kanawha Run Cemetery in Kanawha Run. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kanawha Run Cemetery fund c/o James Riffle, 9405 Rt. 20 S., French Creek, WV 26218. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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