WENDELL LEWIS "SONNY" ARGABRITE, 75, passed away peacefully at his home Friday, April 15, 2016. He was born the youngest child of the late Forest and Alice Argabrite on January 1st, 1941, at his family home in Ona, W.Va. Wendell was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Argabrite; and sisters, Virginia Argabrite, Ann (Bill) Ellis, Margaret (Edgar) Smith; and brother-in-law, Billy Joe Haner. Wendell is survived by his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Johnson Argabrite; his daughter, Nanette Argabrite; beloved grandchildren, Jackson and Jordan Queen; sisters, Mary Stone and Yvonne "Bonnie" Haner; sister-in-law, Opal Argabrite; special brother-in-law, Gracin "Bob" Johnson (Pat Childers); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who adored him. Wendell was a member of Steele Memorial United Methodist Church and a retired foreman from Special Metals. He was a proud member of the Company B 19th Special Forces Group, a member of the Special Forces Association as well as a member of the 82nd Airborne Association. He was also an avid bird watcher known for his love of sharing his knowledge and experience with other birders across the country. He had accumulated over 700 species on his life list during his 60 years of birding and served as a member of many birding organizations including The Brooks Bird Club, The American Birding Association and the WV Birds Record Committee. His generosity in mentoring and helping others was well known within the birding community. Wendell also loved to travel, and he loved being outdoors. He'd visited all 50 states, where he could be found backpacking, scuba diving, kayaking and photographing wildlife. He spent his life giving back to the community as a volunteer for many organizations, including The American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America and as an EMT. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by Rev. Kevin Lantz and Rev. Paul Tuemler. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Steele Memorial United Methodist Church in Barboursville.

Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Apr. 18, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/herald-dispatch/obituary.aspx?n=WENDELL...

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