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James A. “Jim” Rader

James A. “Jim” Rader, 66, of Elizabeth, WV, died suddenly on May 4, 2022. He was the son of the late Raymond and Carolyn Sims Rader. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother Paul Rader and a brother-in-law Jonathan Spero.

A 1974 graduate of Wirt County High School, he graduated from the West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1978. Jim was a math teacher at Wirt County High School. Whenever his name was mentioned by the students, stories full of love and admiration followed. He was a staple at Dick’s Market in Elizabeth for many years. He was a member of the Wirt County School Board for over 20 years. He was also an officer in FOE Aerie #4487, Williamstown, WV.

He was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church where he was a member of the choir. He was also responsible for information that welcomed new members into the church family. He was the Rader/Sims family historian, deeply interested in genealogy and was active with He kept the website up to date with locals. He was the record keeper of everything he was involved in.

Jim was one of Wirt County’s staunchest supporters and a fan of Wirt County High School sports teams. For more than 40 years he kept statistics for football and basketball and occasionally volleyball. At any football game, Jim could be seen walking the sidelines with his clipboard, keeping track of football team stats.

He is survived by his siblings Susan (Alan) White, Jessie Spero, Fred (Carolyn) Rader; a sister-in-law Sandy Rader; nieces and nephews Megan (Bill) Richards, Elissa (Jory) Peterson, Andrew White, Orion Spero, Rose (Mukil) Spero-Natarajan, Heidi Spero, Emily (Ryan) Rader-Neely, Eric Rader; dear nieces Buffy Wiseman and Jodie Dye; great-nieces and nephews Rosalynd “Pink” Neely and Franklin Alexander “Franky” Neely and Alex, Annabel, Louisa and Max; great-nieces and nephews at heart Tara, Mollie, Dianaira, Anthony, Brianna, Olivia, Kaley and Cameron.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church with Reverend Leary VanHorn officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Matheny Whited Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. at the church until time of service. Interment will follow at Two Runs Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Elizabeth Baptist Church, GAP, PO Box 637, Elizabeth, WV 26143. Matheny Whited’s Funeral Home in Elizabeth, WV was honored to assist the Rader family.