Conway Jackson, “Jack”, See of Durgon, WV passed away Friday night, June 28, 2019 at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, WV. Born on June 11, 1939 in Hardy County, WV, he was the son of the late Clyde McNeill See, Sr and Minnie Alice (Crites) See. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his sister, Arbutus “Snow” Zirk, and brother, Clyde McNeill See, Jr. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of nearly 58 years, Juanita Wayne (Hinkle) See. In addition, he is also survived by three sons, Mackie (wife Sharon) See, Jerry See, and Ricky See, all of Durgon; six grandchildren, Jackie (husband Michael) See, Ernie (wife Zanna) See, Stephanie, Josh, Adam and Meagan See; four great-grandchildren, Katie Kish, Macklin See, Rylan “Ben” See, and Jackson See; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and multiple close friends.
Jack was a lifelong timber cutter and farmer. He was featured in the winter 1980-81 edition of Sticks, Chip and Paper by Westvaco for his shortwood operator experience and expertise. He was the proud owner of “Jack See and Sons Firewood”. His firewood business thrived in the South Branch Valley and Jack could often be seen making deliveries in his big, blue firewood truck all-throughout the surrounding area. He continued this business into his late seventies and stood as a staple of the community. Jack enjoyed the outdoors and believed in a hard day’s work whether it was cutting wood, making hay, building fence, tending livestock or working the family gardens. He started his days early and accomplished more by eight a.m. than most people would accomplish in a day’s work. Jack’s early mornings often began with conversation and coffee with the “restaurant crew” of friends and neighbors in Moorefield. He especially enjoyed the more leisurely Sunday mornings and was a regular patron of Colt’s restaurant.
Jack was active in the agriculture industry in Hardy County. He was a member of the Hardy County Farm Bureau and enjoyed working and tending to his cattle on the family farm. Jack was also an honorary member of the Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department and was a regular at fundraisers, smokers and dinners. He looked forward to selling raffle tickets each September for a load of wood that he donated. All proceeds benefited the MVFD and he was very proud of this donation, every year working to sell the most tickets.
To Jack’s family, whether they called him Dad, Pap, or PawPaw, he seemed larger-than-life and set a true example of strength and work ethic. He could entertain family with stories of his adventures hunting, wood cutting, and of his family that had passed before him. He had a sharp mind and was able to recall many details about his family heritage, often being looked to as a source of information on family history. Jack had a one-of-a-kind personality that will never be matched.
In accordance with Jack’s wishes, a private graveside service will be conducted at the Crites Cemetery in Dorcas, WV.