Joseph W. "Jody" DeBias

South Charleston, WV

Joseph W. "Jody" DeBias

On September 6, 2018, Joseph W. “Jody” DeBias, beloved husband of Rose Marie “Ro” Carcione DeBias, was at home peacefully sleeping when he let go of his wife’s hand to take the hand of Our Lord, freeing him from the bonds of the Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s that for 10 years slowly diminished his mind and body, but never his gentle, loving spirit.

Jody, the son of the late Joseph A. and Gladys M. DeBias, was born on February 18, 1940 in Wheeling, WV.  He graduated from Cathedral Grade School in Wheeling, WV in 1953. In 1959, Jody graduated high school and the first two years of college from St. Charles College, a minor seminary, in Catonsville MD.  Jody graduated in 1965 from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.  Jody was ordained a priest on May 22, 1965 by Most Reverend Joseph H. Hodges, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Wheeling and served in the Diocese until 1986.

Jody spent his entire life loving and serving His Lord and touching the lives of so many who never will forget him. As a priest, he served as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Huntington and at St. Anthony Church, Follansbee.  He then was assigned as Diocesan Director of Vocations, which included development of the Permanent Diaconate Program and leading various vocation programs and retreats for youth.   He was instrumental in establishing the Cursillo Movement and Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) in the Diocese.  Jody served on the Presbyteral Council, the Diocesan Pastoral Council, and the Board of Directors for Wheeling Jesuit University.  His last assignment as a Diocesan priest was serving as Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston from 1980-1986. Jody inspired parishioners with his homilies while frequently inserting his signature phrase, “this is where the rubber meets the road”! He also began the Lunch Bunch gatherings for the 55+ age group.  Now open to all ages, these monthly gatherings still continue for mass, lunch and fellowship.  The Bereavement Meal was another of the many services started during his days at Blessed Sacrament. Jody resigned in 1986 after 21 years of service as a priest to pursue other avenues of ministering to God’s people.

Choosing to remain in the Charleston area, Jody accepted the position of Human Resource Director for McDonough-Caperton Insurance Group (MCIG) while continuing to work towards obtaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Jody graduated from the WV College of Graduate Studies (COGS) on May 14, 1988.

On 9/1/91 Jody resigned from Acordia Insurance Group (formerly MCIG) to establish his own company, DeBias Interactions, in order to do what he truly enjoyed most, which was interacting with people.  He specialized in professional employee/team evaluation and organizational development.  Jody continued to use his counseling background in personal and marriage counseling by working part time as Senior Therapist at Associates in Counseling and Training (ACT).

Jody was an active member of the Board of Directors of Big Brother Big Sisters of the Greater Kanawha-Putnam Area, serving as President and later as part time Executive Director of the organization.  He also served on the Board of Kanawha Pastoral Counseling.

Jody and Ro were happily united in marriage on November 26, 1988.  They enjoyed traveling, cooking (especially Italian food), being with family and friends, and most of all evenings alone sharing a good meal with a bottle of red wine.  In 2013, both felt very blessed that they had the opportunity to celebrate 25 joyful years of marriage with friends and family.

He was forced to retire at the end of 2011 due to the progression of the diseases and his continued decline.  Ro retired at the end of 2013 to be able to spend more time together, doing what they enjoyed most.

In addition to his parents, Jody was preceded in death by Ro’s son, Scott Yoho, father-in law, Samuel Carcione, mother-in-law, Mary “Tina” Carcione, brothers-in-law, Michael Kotlas and Bob Schmitt, sister-in-law, Cassie Spigarelli, special friend, who was like a sister to him, Antoinette “Toni” Oliver, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are his “grandsons”, Blake and Brock Yoho, Ro’s son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Laura Yoho, sisters-in-law Sheri Clarke, Debbie Kotlas, Kim Schmitt; brothers-in-law Sam (Linda) Carcione and Angelo Spigarelli, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

All Services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, South Charleston. Visitation will take place on Friday, September 21st, from 5pm – 8pm with a brief prayer service to follow.  On Saturday, September 22nd, visitation will begin at 11am with Mass of Christian Burial at Noon.  Interment will take place in the Columbarium at Blessed Sacrament immediately following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that contributions be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, WV  25387-2536, Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter, 1601 2nd Ave., Charleston, WV  25387 or Blessed Sacrament Church.305 E Street, South Charleston, WV  25303.

Memories of Jody may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary.  Snodgrass Funeral Home is taking care of the DeBias family.

22 replies
  1. Dennis yoho says:

    To, Ro
    In all losses we can turn to the true Shepherd, Jesus Christ who alone can heal our brokenness and grief.
    We have a friend who,ll never leave, Who closer than a brother, He,s there to meet our deepest needs, to comfort like no other. When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort.

  2. Jack Dillon says:

    Ro, I roomed with Jodie for three years in the seminary. I’d love to share with you about our time together. He introduced me to Montovani and Mitch Miller’s chorale.

  3. Angela Lavy Joel says:

    Dearest Ro,
    My sincere condolences to you and your dear family.
    I think of you so often and was so sad to learn of Jody’s passing. He is at peace in the arms of Our Lord. Love and prayers are with you.
    Always, Angela Lavy Joel

  4. Rex B. Fisher says:

    Ro & Family,
    Debi and I are really saddened by the loss of Jody and extend our deepest sympathies to you. Jody & I are friends for over fifty years, he celebrated our wedding, baptized our son, became our late sons Godfather, and always was a wonderful friend. I like to think that he and our son Rex are getting reacquainted in Heaven and will continue to watch over us all. God Bless.
    Rex & Debi Fisher

  5. Leslie Evans Morris says:

    My sweet Ro Ro
    I am so saddened at the your loss of Jody. He was a sweet, kind, loving man that I am so glad you found and fell in love with. You were an amazing couple and I know you will miss him dearly.
    I’m always here for you Ro and I love you more than words can say. Stay strong and know that so many people love you as we did Jody.
    God bless, take care, love you.

  6. Peggy Rash says:

    Dear Ro,
    Hoping that you have taken some time to rest a bit . . . you have been through so much and my heart goes out to you. I will see you at the visitation and funeral . . . and stand ready to help in any way I can. Jody would want it that way. Love and hugs, Peggy (Rash)

  7. Margie Johnson says:

    Our family has been blessed by the many years of wonderful friendship and support of Jody and Ro. We have been fortunate to experience Jody in many different phases of life – and each one was a rich and meaningful engagement. Jody’s unconditional love, support and friendship – along with his warm smile and shining eyes have been priceless to me, and so many others. I’m grateful to have crossed his path – and more so to have shared many unforgettable times. I hope Jody and my Dad are sharing a drink…because we will be toasting them for sure! I will miss your smile but never forget your spirit. xoxo

  8. Barbara Small says:

    Dear Ro: Jodi, Joe and Gladys were dear friends during my days at Wheeling Hospital. Jodi remained a special friend thru the years.
    We lost contact eventually, but I recall in our last conversation his absolute joy in finding happiness with you.
    You have my deepest sympathy.

  9. Sam Yerrid says:

    My 1st and best “Couscini” is at rest and in peace with his Lord. We lost touch over the past decade, but Jodi never left my mind nor prayers. His patience and gentle counseling allowed me to become a better person. Ro, he loved you so! Condolences, love, and much respect from the Yerrids. May he Rest In Peace. SY

  10. Elaine Lett says:

    Dear Ro,
    I can’t think of a more devoted and loving couple than you and Jody.
    What a lovely man he was. We had so many fun times during our Big Brothers/Big Sisters days. So happy I had the privilege of knowing him.
    Please know that I am thinking of you.

  11. Doug and Kris Molnar says:

    Ro, I have such fond memories of Jody’s warm smile and genuine presence. You two were surely blessed with you happy years together. May heaven even be better with this fine man in attendance. Our hearts are with you, Kris and Doug

  12. Linda Sutton says:

    Words cannot express the sadness of losing such a wonderful person as Jodi. When I saw it in the paper, I rushed down last week for visiting without noticing the date. Sorry I cannot be there tonight. I know he is with the Lord having wonderful conversations. My love and prayers to you and your family. Linda Sutton

  13. Kristina Atkins says:

    I just came across this today and my heart was so saddened to hear about the loss of Jody. He was such a wonderful man. Words cannot describe the huge impact on my life. I worked with Jody at big brothers big sisters, and although the past couple of years we lost contact I want you to know I thought of him often. I am so blessed I had the privledge of knowing him. Thoughts & prayers.

  14. Teresa Ansell says:

    Dear Ro,
    I just did a search for you on Facebook and I found Jody’s obituary. I didn’t know Jody had passed away. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I remember you two had something very special. He was such a good man. Please know I am thinking of you and I hope our paths cross again someday.
    Teresa (Anderson) Ansell (from Accounting class in college)

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