Mr. John Henry Mooney

Mr. John Henry Mooney

Apr 04, 1932 - Mar 10, 2021
Charleston, WV

Mr. John Henry Mooney

Apr 04, 1932 - Mar 10, 2021
Charleston, WV


John Henry “Tony” Mooney, 88, a lifelong resident of Loudendale, W.Va., passed away March 10, 2021, as a result of head injuries from a fall. He was the fourth child and eldest son of a family of 16 children.
Tony was a master carpenter, mason, builder, volunteer fireman, husband, father, brother, beekeeper, hunter, archer, mentor, hero, weatherman, gardener, fisherman, friend, military man, laborer, dreamer, lover and companion. Above all things and positions in this life on earth, he was a “goodness” to everyone that he met. He shared his love, laughter and joy of life … a bountiful garden, pineapple upside down cake, fresh honey from a hive, watermelon, buttermilk biscuits, fried crappie, fresh picked corn on the cob, pinto beans, Mountain Dew and a Snickers bar. His hero was Gus of Lonesome Dove. His favorite dog was Pepi. His most repeated song, “I’ll Fly Away.” He called his children every day and ended the call with “I love you.” Tony was known for shrill whistles and hoots in the hollow to neighbors and on empty lakes. His favorite mode of transportation was a John Deere lawn mower. His radio call sign was “Nailbender.” Tony was always lending a helping hand and had a story or past remembrance for all. He was most beloved by his community of friends. “Rest in Peace.”

“P. S. Lord, if you’re looking for him check the fishing hole and tell the honeybees the beekeeper is gone.”
He was preceded in death by first wife, Rosemarie Mooney; father, John W. Mooney; mother, Myrtle M. Mooney; brothers, Clarence and Roy; sisters, Lucille, Marceline, Deloris and Jane; granddaughter, Jennifer Null, stepson, H.O. Campsey, along with most of his lifelong friends.

Tony worked for K&M Builders and served in the military, stationed in Germany with the 517th Field Artillery after World War II. Honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant, there he met his first wife, Rosemarie. He served the community of Loudendale as volunteer fireman and Lions Club member.
Tony is survived by his second wife, Velva Mooney; his loving children, Katharina Mooney (husband Brian Johnson), John Mooney (wife Jo Mooney), Willi Mooney (wife Bea Mooney), Rose A. Mooney (partner Randy Tate-; stepdaughters, Terry Dunkel and Susan Goodwin (husband John); stepson, Okey Cottrill; grandchildren, Gary P. Gunno and Daren Mooney; great-grandchildren, Ranen Mooney, Aiden Mooney and Abigail Mooney; brothers, Douglas Mooney (wife Debra) and Darrell Mooney; sisters, Hazel Jordan (Carl), Ruby Pardue, Jean Moore, Della Zelaska, Barbara Mooney, Brenda Brackenridge and Carolyn Carrier, along with many nieces, nephews and step grandchildren.

Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021, for the immediate family, with entombment at Graceland Memorial Park Mausoleum, South Charleston, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Tony’s memory to The Forks of Coal Foundation would be appreciated. You may donate online at or by mailing a check to Forks of Coal Natural Area Foundation, P.O. Box 5556, Charleston, WV 25361.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: .
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, WV, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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12 responses to Mr. John Henry Mooney

  1. May the peace of the Lord be with you during your time of loss.

    I met John when I worked in the summertime for Vest Associates. He looked after me and my two brothers when they were old enough to work in the summers too. We learned a lot about building a house from John and the other men who were professional home builders. He was good friend of our family and my dad’s partner in K&M builders. He was a positive influence wherever he served. At work, at home or in the community.

    Deepest sympathy,

    George King

    1. Thank you for your kind words. He was the best of the best.

  2. Rose & Family sorry for your loss your dad was a fine man & will be missed by all ! If t can kelp any of you please let me know
    Love & Prayers
    David H Pauline

  3. Gregg Mooney says:

    Sympathies, thoughts and prayers for the entire Mooney family and relatives. I was so grateful to get to spend some time with my cousin Tony at the Loudendale reunion in 2019. He was very welcoming and gracious to me, walking me around the group and introducing me to the attendees. Many of Tony’s siblings were there, and I got to hear a lot of stories I am sure I would never have otherwise heard. The group also shared some invaluable genealogy info with me. Tony lived a full life and I will remember him fondly and proudly.

    A green candle for St. Patrick’s day!

    Gregg Mooney, youngest son of Fred Mooney and grandson of John Watson “Watt” Mooney

  4. My first WV residential custom home commission was for Charles T. Jones (Amherst Coal Company/Amherst-Madison, Owner) and Mary Ellen on their Davis Creek horse farm property outside of Charleston in 1979.
    We interviewed 2 or 3 residential contractors and selected Henry King, whom Tony worked for.
    Tony was the Project Manager and the project was a “success” due in large part to Tony’s dedication. He was a consummate perfectionist and a great guy who made my job easier for me and my client.
    We need more Tony’s in the construction industry and “Genuine” people like
    Tony in this world.
    He will be sorely missed.
    T.Gray Frazier
    TGF Architecture Inc.

  5. Sympathies, thoughts and prayers for the entire Mooney family. Tony was my first cousin – his mother and my father (James Carl King) were brother and sister. After my my father was killed just after I was born, my mother remarried and had a total of 16 children also as did the Mooney family. I had a lot of fun growing up with Tony and his brothers and sisters.

    Donald “Bud” King

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