Ovie Fitzwater, 88, of Lodi, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013, at Akron General Medical Center, following a brief illness. He was born April 16, 1925, in Harrison, West Virginia, to Jack and Emma (Rose) Fitzwater.
He spent his childhood and young adult life in the Clay County, West Virginia area and moved to Lodi in the mid 1950s. He worked as a welder at Leslie Locke in Lodi for 30 years and later retired from Cloverleaf Schools, where he was employed as a custodian. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, West Salem.
He is survived by his wife, Bessie (Underwood), who he married on January 12, 1966 in Two Run Baptist Church, West Virginia; daughter, Lily (Ivan) Clifford of Lodi; granddaughters, Heather and Sabrina; two sisters, Artie Beard of Lodi, Alcie Brady of West Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Flossie Sattles; brother, Odie; and brother-in-law, Russell Beard.
Funeral service will be held Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9 A.M. at the Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi, (330) 948-1122. Pastor Jerry Arman will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lodi. Visitation will be Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Medina County SPCA, 245 South Medina St., Medina, OH 44256.
Online tributes may be left at www.parkerfuneralhomes.com