James Lowe Gould

James Lowe Gould, 86, of Elizabeth, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Mapleshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Morgantown.

Jim was born September 15, 1933, to James Andrew and Sarah Agnes (Fowler) Gould in Indian Camp, Upshur County. 

He graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1952 and joined the Navy, serving aboard the USS Healy from 1953-57.

He worked nearly 38 years for the Division of Natural Resources at Palestine State Fish Hatchery in Wirt County, where he helped raise bass, muskie, pike and other species for West Virginia’s warm water streams and lakes. He retired in 1999 and lived in Elizabeth until recent health problems. 

Jim was a member of the Elizabeth United Methodist Church. He was a man of few words but was known by friends and family for his sense of humor and quiet generosity. He enjoyed woodworking, reading about nature and history, and tending his trees, yard and garden. 

He preferred being outdoors, and most of his companions were animals — his beloved dogs, orphaned wildlife that he raised and wild animals he befriended, including the memorable crow that visited the hatching shed and followed him around the hatchery mimicking his calls and whistles.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon “Susie” (Davis), in 1996.

Survivors are his daughter, Sarah, of Morgantown; sister, Flora Parsons, of Salida, Colo.; sisters-in-law Barbara Beegle of Syracuse, Ohio, Lois Waters and Verna (Paul) Russell of Elizabeth, and Ruth Davis of Tucson, Ariz., many nieces and nephews, and his dog, Blitz.

Jim will be buried with his wife and family at Mt. Solon Cemetery in Wirt County. No public service is planned.

Professional services are being provided to the family with the guidance of Smith Funeral & Cremation Care of Westover / Morgantown. 

To send condolences or other symbolic gestures to the family, please visit www.smithfcc.com 


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