Joseph Fenton LaCount, born August 24, 1924, died February 12, 2019, after a brief illness.
He was born in Berkeley County and served in World War II in the 458th bombing group H, completing 35 missions, receiving a purple heart, and receiving an honorable discharge. He completed his undergraduate studies at Western Maryland College before moving to South Charleston to work for Union Carbide at the technical center. He was transferred to Raleigh, N.C., where he completed his work with the company as it changed to Rhone Poulenc.
After retirement, he and his wife moved back to St. Albans to reside. They enjoyed traveling to visit relatives around the country. He suffered a stroke in 2001 which had slowed, but never stopped his activities. Last week, he suffered a heart attack, he died peacefully at Hubbard House surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Katherine; their five children; 12 grandchildren; and one great – grandchild. He is also survived by a younger brother, Robert of Waynesburg, Pa.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Charleston.
His body was donated to WVU School of Medicine.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Hubbard House at hospicecarewv.org.
You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements for the LaCount family.