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GARY W. JARRELL, 71, of Martinsburg, W.Va., departed this life on March 5, 2021, after a brief but valiant battle with a rare illness. Originally from Whitesville, W.Va., Gary graduated Sherman High School in 1967. In 1971, he received a BA from Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict (1971-1972), mostly in Panama. After being discharged from the Army, he completed a MBA at Marshall University. Gary was a successful business executive for many years in the home building industry. He worked for Burke Parsons Bowlby and later Appalachian Log Structures in Ripley, West Virginia, where he and his wife raised their family. They moved to Hamilton, Mont., in 1999. There he worked for Rocky Mountain Log Homes. Nationally he was very active in the Log Home Council and National Home Builders Association and served as president in 1986. He retired in 2008 to spend more time with his family. Gary was the only son of Kenneth and Addie Mae Jarrell, now Addie Mae Shimer, of Martinsburg. His father preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother; his loving wife, Sondra Lewis Jarrell; his twin children, Joshua (Stefanie Jarrell) of Morgantown, W.Va., and Whitney (Brendan Devine) of Falls Church, Va. He had four adoring grandchildren, Jillian (10) and Ainsley (7) of Falls Church and Luca (4) and Leo Jarrell (5 months) of Morgantown. He will be sorely missed by his golden retriever, Maisie. By Gary’s wishes, he will be cremated. Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church, Va., is in charge of cremation. Services with a Celebration of his Life will be from 1 to 3 p.m. March 27, 2021, at the Poor House Farm Park. Condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Gary’s honor be made to support the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, which may be made online at

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