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50 North Pinch Road
Elkview, WV 25071
Phone: (304) 965-3331
Fax: 304-965-5238
Kenneth McKinley Harbert

Kenneth McKinley "Joe" Harbert Jr.

Tuesday, March 2nd, 1943 - Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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Obituary

Kenneth McKinley "Joe" Harbert, Jr., 77 of Elkview passed on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at the Kanawha Hospice at CAMC Memorial after a 6-week battle with pneumonia.

Joe was retired from Dupont after 37 years, which he would laughing say he only worked for 5. Joe had a love for sports. He was a very respected coach for Elk District for almost two decade for both softball and baseball teams. He would tell you softball was his passion, coaching multiple all-star teams, but would never say he won the national championship. He was an avid mountaineer fan and could recite statistics from years past, often amazing his family and friends with his knowledge of the game. His personal favorite was the WVU vs South Carolina in the 1969 Peach Bowl.

He graduated from Nitro High School in 1961. He played football for the winning Wildcats, though, do to an unfortunate injury, was unable to play in the 1960 Nitro state championship game.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth McKinley Harbert, Sr. and Ruth Patton Harbert; brother, John “Mike” Harbert.

Joe is survived by his wife, Dena Garretson Harbert; son, Ken “Jodie” Harbert and wife, Nöel Butler, daughter, Leigh Harbert Talluto and husband, Sam; step-son, Wade Davis and wife, Rochelle; step-daughter, Jaimie Davis Edwards and husband, Bobby of Princeton; sister, Marilyn (Denny) Byrnside of Cross Lanes; sister-in-law, Linda Harbert; grandchildren, Aerik Harbert, Sydney and Sierrah Davis, Brock Talluto, Jordan Peery.

Service will be at 1pm, Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Billy Burdette officiating. Burial will be Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.

Visitation will be 6-8pm, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Hafer Funeral Home
    Address
    50 North Pinch Road
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Hafer Funeral Home
    Address
    50 North Pinch Road
    ELKVIEW, WV 25071
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    Officiant
    Pastor Billy Burdette
  • Interment

    Location
    Elk Hills Memorial Park
    Address
    4705 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Big Chimney , WV
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Ernie Wolfe

Posted at 05:49pm
I worked with and around Joe for 30 years at Dupont, he liked to stir a little in fun. He was a good man and worker hard to find that combination today. Rest in peace friend.
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Rochelle

Posted at 01:39am
The memories you have made with my girls will never be forgotten! The trips, talks, guidance, knowing that you were in the stands cheering them on at their sporting events, and most of all your love will be something that will never be taken from them. You were a great role model for them to watch as they were growing up. We all love you very much and you will be greatly missed. Thank you for loving my girls. I know without a doubt they loved you more than anything ❤️
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Rochelle

Posted at 01:38am
The memories you have made with my girls will never be forgotten! The trips, talks, guidance, knowing that you were in the stands cheering them on at their sporting events, and most of all your love will be something that will never be taken from them. You were a great role model for them to watch as they were growing up. We all love you very much and you will be greatly missed. Thank you for loving my girls. I know without a doubt they loved you more than anything ❤️

Terry Ricketts

Posted at 07:15pm
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. It is heartbreaking to lose such a great person so young. I worked with him many years at Dupont, he was a great mentor, had great knowledge of piping, and was just a joy to be around. He taught all of us "young" engineers about piping, which we didn't get in school, and there was so much to learn. Joe contributed to the plant being a world class pipe design and fabrication facility which contributed to the outstanding safety record. I have seen him since retirement at the monthly luncheons, and we will all miss him. He was a character, something always needed in industrial settings. It was a distinct pleasure to work with Joe for many years in the mechanical department, and it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to a dear friend.
 

Terry Ricketts Posted at 07:18pm

sorry about multiple posts, the funeral home site said it didn't take it, but obviously it did. Maybe Joe is playing a prank!

Terry Ricketts

Posted at 07:15pm
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. It is heartbreaking to lose such a great person so young. I worked with him many years at Dupont, he was a great mentor, had great knowledge of piping, and was just a joy to be around. He taught all of us "young" engineers about piping, which we didn't get in school, and there was so much to learn. Joe contributed to the plant being a world class pipe design and fabrication facility which contributed to the outstanding safety record. I have seen him since retirement at the monthly luncheons, and we will all miss him. He was a character, something always needed in industrial settings. It was a distinct pleasure to work with Joe for many years in the mechanical department, and it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to a dear friend.
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