Lieutenant Colonel James Barton (Bart) Cavendish

March 16, 2020
Charleston, WV

Lieutenant Colonel James Barton (Bart) Cavendish

Lieutenant Colonel James Barton (Bart) Cavendish, age 51, went to meet his heavenly father on Monday March 16, 2020. Bart was an East Bank High School graduate in 1987 and pursued his higher education at Marshall University and graduated in 1992 with a B.S. Degree in Biology.
Bart served his country honorably with the West Virginia Air National Guard 130th Airlift Wing as a navigator and did several tours of duty in his 21 years of service. During this time, he supported Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Nobel Eagle, and many other assignments abroad.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on the Greenbrier River Trail.
Bart had a love for the sport of wrestling. He shared this love by coaching his two sons and many other children at Andrew Jackson Middle School and most recently volunteered at East Bank Middle School.
Bart was preceded in death by his Grandparents Mary Whitlock (Nelson), Charles Wesley Whitlock, Mona Cavendish (Dietrich), Carl Cavendish, and one aunt, Carolyn Whitlock, and one uncle, Michael Farmer.
He is survived by his parents James S. and Connie Cavendish of East Bank, WV, a spouse, Michelle Cavendish and their two sons, Adam and Alex Cavendish of Cross Lanes, WV, one sister, Mary Huffman and husband Heath Huffman, their children, Seth Cavendish, Wyatt Huffman, Kailey Huffman of Belle, WV, two aunts, Judy Farmer of Cross Lanes, WV, and Lois and Owen Taylor of St. Albans, WV, and many other great friends.
A service to honor the life of Bart will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday March 19, 2020 at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston with Rev. Krysta Rexrode Wolfe officiating. The family will be receiving friends from 11:00 am until 12:00 noon on Thursday at the funeral home.
The inurnment will be held at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Institute, with military honors by the cemetery honor guard and USAF, on Friday March 20, 2020 at 12:00 noon.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to www. Please make this in a gift in honor of Bart and have the condolence sent to
Memories of Bart may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston is honored to be assisting the family at this time.

13 replies
  1. HARRY SWEENEY says:

    Jim & Connie
    I’m so sorry to hear about your lost of your son. I know he will be dearly missed. I salute him and thank him for his service and a job well done. May he R.I.P. IN KINGDOM Of HEAVEN.

  2. Joyce Cutlip says:

    Jim & Connie…I am so,so sorry. My deepest heart felt sympathy to all. He was an amazing man…one of the 130th’s finest. God Bless

  3. Shelia Martinez says:

    Jim & Connie,
    Our deepest sympathy to you & family. Sending love, hugs & prayers. May Faith, Hope & Love sustain you during this difficult time.
    Julia & Shelia Weeks

  4. Jarrett R. Thompson says:

    My family’s hearts and prayers go to the Cavendish Family. Bart was wonderful person with a big heart that I am glad to have had as friend. May our Lord comfort the Cavendish Family through this difficult time.


  5. John Vernon says:

    So sorry to hear of Bart’s passing. He was a friend and co-worker and always was ready with a smile. All my prayers are with your family.

  6. Joyce & Jack Townsend says:

    Jim and Connie we are so sorry to learn of Bart’s passing. You and your family are in our prayers. May God surround all of you with his grace.

  7. Chris & Debbie Goforth (Burton) says:

    So sorry to hear of Bart’s passing. The Cavendish family are in our prayers. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

  8. H. Morgan Freeman says:

    Chief, Connie, Michelle, Adam, Alex and rest of Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bart was loved and respected by all. I loved his thoughts and insights to the various current political events that we discussed. He was an outstanding Navigator and friend. Early on in both of our early careers, we deployed together on what seemed to be every deployment the 130th could send us on. I loved our “Bartzinsky”. He was a wonderful friend and he will certainly be missed. God Speed Bart!
    Wounded Warrior Foundation is a wonderful organization and I consider it a true honor to donate on your behalf.

  9. Bruce Perry says:

    Cavendish family, at this difficult time in your life, we pray that God will grant you peace that you need to get through this. Sincere condolences!

  10. Jacquie Evans says:

    To Jim, Connie and all your family,

    We are all so very sorry for your loss. We know how very proud you rightly were of Bart. You will be in our thoughts today, tomorrow and in the weeks and months to come. May God bless you all.

    Alan, Sylvia, Jacquie and family

  11. STEPHEN R WILLIS says:

    Bart was a lifelong friend, Dodger extraordinaire, my undefeated doubles partner, science class jokester, Jake the Snake EBHS/WWF wrestling champion, the list goes on and on. I’ll miss him greatly and pray that Jesus will be your Prince of Peace during this season of loss.

  12. Mary says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort help you during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 & Psalms 83:18). Jesus taught us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come because He knew it would be able to solve all mankind’s problems even death. (Revelation 21:4,5 & Daniel 2:44).


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  • Thursday, March 19
  • 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Funeral Service

  • Thursday, March 19
  • 12:00 PM

Military Service

Friday, March 20
12:00 PM