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(May 08, 2012)

On May 4, 2012, God opened the gates of heaven to welcome our beloved JOHN A. MIDKIFF. He left this world the way he lived his life, surrounded by the people he cherished. If a smile and some dimples could define a life, John's grin would tell of a life worth living. His laughter was infectious, his love was limitless, and his hugs warmed everyone's hearts. John was known for saying "I've learned that if you love someone, you should tell them." John not only spoke these words, he lived them; and filled us with enough love to last a lifetime. John had many passions in his life. He enjoyed golf, sports (especially Marshall), maintaining a beautiful yard, and entertaining friends and family in his home. John always felt blessed that his 25 plus years with State Farm Insurance not only provided him with a job that he loved, but also the opportunity to do the things he loved, like travel the world and spend time with the people he treasured. He never met a stranger and his zest for life lit up any room he ever entered. John devoted much of his time to his community by serving on the boards of numerous civic organizations. John was born June 2, 1947, in Huntington, West Virginia to Willie and Mary Midkiff. He was a graduate of Guyan Valley High School and West Virginia State College. John was preceded in death by his mother Mary Midkiff; his father Willie Midkiff; and sister Patty Lusher. John is survived by his wife Beth Ann Midkiff; daughter Heather (Lucas) McCall; son John Bradley Midkiff; his sisters Linda (Arthur) Porter, Joyce (Keith) Adkins; brothers-in-law George Luscher, Ralph (Carolyn) Lovejoy; and his loving extended family and friends. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Hamlin, West Virginia, with the Rev. Warren Dove officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington, West Virginia. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations should be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 74, Hamlin, WV 25523; or Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, May 19 at 11 a.m. at Tuscarora Presbyterian Church, Martinsburg, W.Va.

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