The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


February 6, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, February 7, 2013


Pannell Hicks

Pannell Hicks, 64, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Sun, died Jan. 27, 2013.

Funeral services were Feb. 2, at Chapel of Peace Funeral Home, Cleveland, Ohio.

Submitted by Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

James E. Lively Sr.

Fayette County businessman and civic leader James E. Lively, 85, of Oak Hill, passed away at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

Jim was born on May 9, 1927, in Quinwood, the youngest of eight children and the only son born of Grover Cleveland Lively and Eugenia Corron Lively. In addition to his parents and four sisters, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Leah Lively Dean.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretta Ferri Lively; sons, James Lively Jr. and wife Cathy, Brett Lively and wife Twila, Michael Lively and wife Judy, and Dr. Matthew Lively and wife Lisa; grandchildren, Dr. Jamie Lively, Luke Lively, Jared Lively, Kathleen Lively; and one great-grandchild, Ava Lively. Also surviving are sisters, Cleo Lively, Birdie Stone and Loni Evans.

Jim’s early interest was athletics and he was an outstanding athlete at Montgomery High School and West Virginia Tech. He was an honor graduate and three-sport letterman at Montgomery High, and after high school, he joined and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After the war, Jim went to West Virginia Tech on a football scholarship, where he quarterbacked the Golden Bears to their only undefeated season in school history in 1949. After graduating magna cum laude from WV Tech, he earned a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University and then taught biology and coached all sports at Mt. Hope High School from 1950-1955.

After leaving coaching and the education field, Jim founded Jim Lively Insurance which has its headquarters in Oak Hill. The business just celebrated its 50th anniversary and has grown to be one of West Virginia’s largest insurance firms. There are currently seven branches across the state.

Jim was a president and member of the Fayette County Commission for 22 years. He was past president and charter member of the Oak Hill Chamber of Commerce, where he originated the West Virginia Sports Festival, helped initiate the Oak Hill Little League Basketball program and Rinky Dink Tournament, and was a 42-year member and past president of the Oak Hill Lions Club.

He was also former president of the West Virginia Tech Alumni Association, West Virginia Association of County Officials and founding member and president of the Fayette Plateau Business Development Corporation.

Jim had also served on the board of directors of New River Bank, was chairman of the Bluestone Planning and Development Council, trustee of the Fayette Needy Association and past member of the Fayette Planning Commission. Jim was currently a member of the Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority, trustee of the Sts. Peter and Paul Trust Fund and founder and president of the Plateau Club, whose aim it is to help area citizens who are in need and to send articles to U.S. military members serving overseas.

He and Loretta were the driving force and main benefactors of the new amphitheater in downtown Oak Hill.

Jim was 1967 Oak Hill Citizen of the Year and the Lively Family was named the 1973 Oak Hill All-American Family of the Year. He was West Virginia Tech Alumnus of the Year in 1972 and was inducted in the West Virginia Tech Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He and Loretta were awarded the Bishop’s Cross by the Roman Catholic Diocese of W.Va. for extraordinary service to the Catholic Schools of W.Va.

Jim is a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill, where he serves as a lecturer and Adult Bible School Facilitator.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. The Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Oak Hill.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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