James B. Hutzler, DDS, 78

January 07, 2009

SEPT. 11, 1930-JAN. 3, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - James Bernard Hutzler, DDS, 78, of Martinsburg, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Levine Dickson Hospice House in Charlotte, N.C.

Born Sept. 11, 1930, in Berkeley County, W.Va., he was the son of the late John Strother and Onita Jane Whitacre Hutzler.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lucille A. Stride Hutzler.

He graduated from Martinsburg High School. He received his bachelor of science degree from Shepherd College (now university) and his doctor of dental surgery degree from Temple University.


He practiced dentistry in Martinsburg for more than 40 years. He also owned Hutzler Oil Co.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of Saint Luke's United Methodist Church, where he had served as chairman of the Administrative Council and as a Sunday school teacher. He served as past president of the Berkeley County Federation of the Men's Bible classes.

He served as mayor of Martinsburg from 1964 through 1966, was past president of the Eastern Panhandle Dental Society, a member of Robert White Lodge 67 AF&AM, past president of the Virginia Seniors Golf Association and served as the Panhandle board representative to West Virginia United Health Systems, among other organizations.

He was listed in the Outstanding Alumus of Shepherd University; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society of Shepherd University; Outstanding Citizen by the Martinsburg Journal; and the 2008 Distinguished Citizen awarded by the Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by one daughter, Laura A. Weiss of Charlotte; two grandsons, Luke C. Weiss and Joshua P. Weiss; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Sarah L. Miller; three brothers, John N. Hutzler Sr., Richard W. Hutzler and Charles L. Hutzler in infancy; and one nephew.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Martinsburg. The Rev. John Yost will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 700 New York Ave., Martinsburg, WV 25401; or Martinsburg Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 843, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

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