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John Furbee Obituary

John Henry Furbee
John Henry Furbee

April 4, 1930 - July 12, 2017
Born in Clarksburg, WV
Resided in Bridgeport, WV


John Henry Furbee, 87, formerly of Bridgeport, died on July 12, 2017 in California, following an extended illness. John was born April 4, 1930 in Clarksburg, WV to the late Ruth and Carl Furbee, Sr. When he was five years old, he moved with his family to Bridgeport, and graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1948. While in high school he was active in the Hi-Y club, acting as president during his senior year, and portrayed Huckleberry Finn in a production of Tom Sawyer. He was a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church.
Carl Furbee, Sr. owned Furbee's Pharmacy in Bridgeport and John worked for his father as a drug clerk. John went on to Pharmacy School at West Virginia University and graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, Gamma Phi chapter, becoming its grand master in his senior year. Following service in the US Army as a statistician in Philadelphia, John returned to West Virginia, working as a pharmacist at Cain's Pharmacy in Weston, WV and at a pharmacy in Richwood, WV.
In the early 1960s, John drove across the country in his new Oldsmobile to California where he worked for Drug King in Los Angeles. He then migrated to Palm Springs where he worked for Super X while living in a tree house. It was during this time when John discovered Desert Hot Springs. He was so enamored with the town that he bought a drug store. John also purchased a motel, The Willets, that he used both as an office, a home and rental property.
John loved dogs and had a series of them including Niko, Snow White, Blitzhund and currently a bull dog and German shepherd, Bruno and Baron.
In John's Desert Hot Springs drug store, he compounded a group of people who were not only his employees but also his friends. At one point John owned the drug store, a restaurant across the street, the laundry and also a dry-cleaning establishment. John had a special friendship with James and Don Brown, Bill Vangelli and Margaret House and her family Gene, Sammy, Joe, Laurie Ann and Stephen Schick.
During his years in Desert Hot Spring, John acquired numerous properties and for a period of time, he was associated with a builder; together they created Sunspring Homes. At one point John owned two Drug Stores and ran them both.
John was a long-standing Rotarian and an ardent supporter of Angel View housing complex in Desert Hot Spring. John was an adviser to and an investor in the Boys and Girls club and he was proud of an aquatic center that he funded which bears his name. He also supported local baseball and soccer teams, and served on the Riverside County water board.
John was pre-deceased by his parents, his sister Enid Crawford of Fairmont, brother Carl Furbee Jr. of Bridgeport, and infant brother Jerry Clifford Furbee. He is survived by a brother, James Furbee of Morgantown, WV, nieces Michelle Miller (Fairmont), Martha Snyder (Millwood), Melinda Double (Morgantown), Lisa Furbee Ford (Clarksburg), Kathleen Furbee (Independence) and nephews Ed Furbee (SC), Bill Crawford (Stonewood) and Carl Furbee III (Las Vegas).
McCullough Funeral Home in Pennsboro, WV is in charge of the arrangements. A grave side service will be held on July 21 at 11 am.
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Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery
Cemetery Drive
Pennsboro, WV 26415
Friday, July 21, 2017
11:00 AM