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Richard Lyle "R.L." Laughlin
B: 1931-05-12
D: 2019-09-07
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Laughlin, Richard Lyle "R.L."
Harry Zimmerman
B: 1954-07-13
D: 2019-09-04
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Zimmerman, Harry
Wanda Conner
B: 1926-05-19
D: 2019-09-02
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Conner, Wanda
James Lance Jr.
B: 1965-05-10
D: 2019-08-31
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Lance Jr., James
Thomas Carothers
B: 1946-06-05
D: 2019-08-27
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Carothers, Thomas
Ronald Fegsuson
B: 1938-12-08
D: 2019-08-06
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Fegsuson, Ronald
Nancy Conner
B: 1933-12-20
D: 2019-07-29
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Conner, Nancy
Frank Pulice
B: 1926-03-13
D: 2019-07-27
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Pulice, Frank
Joetta Martin
B: 1939-05-07
D: 2019-07-16
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Martin, Joetta
Charles Duckworth
B: 1952-09-11
D: 2019-07-09
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Duckworth, Charles
Eleanor Southern
B: 1928-04-17
D: 2019-07-01
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Southern, Eleanor
Ervin Hull
B: 1933-11-10
D: 2019-06-30
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Hull, Ervin
Fredie Eddy Sr.
B: 1945-01-25
D: 2019-06-29
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Eddy Sr., Fredie
Nelson Gemondo
B: 1972-03-01
D: 2019-06-23
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Gemondo, Nelson
Naydine Romano
B: 1929-11-15
D: 2019-06-20
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Romano, Naydine
Margaret Chapman
B: 1919-03-14
D: 2019-06-16
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Chapman, Margaret
Frances Holt
B: 1954-02-11
D: 2019-06-14
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Holt, Frances
Mabel Riggleman
B: 1938-04-19
D: 2019-06-14
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Riggleman, Mabel
Bob Stark
B: 1968-11-22
D: 2019-06-14
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Stark, Bob
Gordon Swiger
B: 1998-02-24
D: 2019-06-02
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Swiger, Gordon
Melba Harmer
B: 1927-09-19
D: 2019-05-29
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Harmer, Melba

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300 Pike Street
PO Box 1852
SHINNSTON, WV 26431
Phone: (304) 592-2500
Fax: (304) 592-2422
Our Story - Harmer Funeral Home, Inc.

Our Story

"The Family Other Families Rely On" 

In May of 1852, Benjamin Tyson Harmer moved to Shinnston, Virginia as a wagon-maker from Front Royal, Virginia. Being a tradesman skilled in using tools and wood, he was called on to make coffins.

During the periods of sickness and disease, Mr. Harmer was called on to make the coffin, deliver it, prepare the body, and place it in the coffin. At times, because of epidemic proportions of illness, he would even dig the grave and possibly preach the funeral. So began the process of providing a funeral service, all before the days of embalming. Soon after having six sons and two daughters the sign at the old shop read “Harmer Bros. Wagon Shop ­­­ Undertaking a Specialty!”  His son, William J.S. Harmer, maintained the Wagon Shop, was the first to go to an embalming school and become licensed as a funeral director and embalmer. Then his son, Edgar J. Harmer, went on to follow in his dad’s trade. Since that time, the Harmer family has served the citizens of the Shinnston area for five generations, providing professional service with a personal, family-centered touch. “The Family Other Families Rely On” is more than a slogan; it is the sacred responsibility of every member of our staff; before, during, and after the funeral.