Navy Veteran and Longtime Local Funeral Home Operator Carl Greathouse Dies at Age 84

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | November 01, 2016
Carl L. Greathouse, 84, of Salem passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016 at Ruby Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.
He was born in Burnsville on June 29, 1932 a son of the late David Oley and Maggie Riffle Greathouse. His mother died when he was five years old. Carl was raised by his aunt and uncle, Francis and Katie Barker in Canaan Valley.
Carl graduated from Davis High School in 1950 and went on to work at Davis- Weaver Funeral Home prior to serving in the U.S. Navy for four years. After his Honorable Discharge he continued working in the funeral business and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming and became fully licensed as a funeral director and embalmer in 1958. He worked at several funeral homes in the area including Davis- Weaver, Davis, and Harbert Funeral Homes before opening his own business, Greathouse Funeral Home in Nutter Fort in 1972.

In 1985 he opened Greathouse Funeral Home in Salem. Carl retired after 62 years in the funeral service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his adoptive parents, a sister, Ruth Barker Bennett and a brother, Willard Barker. He was also preceded in death by his son, Carl David Greathouse and his step-son, Scott Hinkle.
He is survived by his loving wife, Wanda McCray Greathouse whom he married on June 3, 1989. Also surviving are two beloved grandchildren, Breanna Hinkle and Tyler Hinkle; his sister-in-law, Eletha “Lea” Smarr and a brother-in-law, Leonard McCray and his wife Nola; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Carl was a member of the Duff St. United Methodist Church and a long-time member of the Nutter Fort Lions Club where he held many offices including President. He was a former member of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association and a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge.
He enjoyed reading, visiting with people, and spending time with family and friends. Carl was an avid lover of nature. The funeral business was his passion and he loved helping people in their time of need. He touched many lives during his career. He often said “ I loved every minute of it” and lived by his company’s motto “Service with Reverence”.
The family will receive friends at the Duff St. United Methodist Church, 400 Duff Ave. Clarksburg, on Thursday from 3-8 PM. A funeral service will be held at the church on Friday, November 4th at 11:00 AM with Rev. Brian Seders officiating. Interment will follow at the Hampton Cemetery near Buckhannon where Military Funeral Rites will be accorded by the U.S. Navy and Lewis County Honor Guard.

Condolences may be extended to the family at Patrick Kovalck and Perine Funeral Home are honored to serve the Greathouse Family.

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