Otis Stiwinter

Charleston, WV

Otis Stiwinter

Otis G. Stiwinter, 86, of Charleston, WV passed away June 7, 2020 shortly after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Otis was born in Franklin, NC on February 13, 1934. Following graduation from Franklin High School, he attended Georgia Institute of Technology and later served in the Army as a microwave communications specialist.  Upon leaving the Army, Otis was employed by Burroughs Corporation as a Field Engineer for mainframe computers.  He remained with Burroughs for 31 years, mostly in service management.

After joining Burroughs, Otis married Velma and they had two daughters. While living in the Washington, DC area, Velma was diagnosed with breast/ovarian cancer and passed away in 1973. As a single father, Otis continued to raise his girls. He later married Jean Roland and was transferred to Charleston, WV. After he and Jean were amicably divorced, he met Rosemary Watkins. They married in 1991 and enjoyed many years of traveling, camping, and backpacking together.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Minnie, first wife Velma, his sisters Martha Stiwinter and Opal Hedden, and brother Lloyd Stiwinter.

Otis is survived by wife Rosemary, daughters Martha Walker (Owen) and Kathy Mills, and granddaughter Amber Munroe (TJ) of Kingsport, TN. He is also survived by stepdaughters Kara Shamblin (Mansford), Beth Reed (Steven), and step-granddaughters Abby (Travis), Delana, and Sarah, and great grandchildren, Waverly and Brodie and one step-great grandson, Liam.  As well as his faithful companions to the end, Bart Cat & Charlie Cat.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Otis will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, June 12, 2020 at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Dunbar. Please follow all recommended guidelines from the Governor and local health department by practicing social distancing and wearing of masks for your safety and for the safety of others.

Memories of Otis may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.

9 replies
  1. Ray and Hutchison says:

    Our thoughts and prayers for Rosemary and all his friends and family, from your neighbors Ray and Karen Hutchison.

  2. Larry and Bridget says:

    We are so sorry about Uncle Otis he was a great person! He will be missed by many!! RIP Otis💔

  3. Judy Reeves says:

    I am Velma’s cousin on her mother’s side of the family. I’m so sorry for your loss and sorry that we haven’t stayed in touch. Loved your mom, a kind and gentle cousin. Your dad took such good care of her.

  4. Kimberly Owen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I love you so much. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get there Friday. I’ll be thinking of y’all.

  5. Renu Chakrabarty says:

    I got to know Otis and Rosemary through the UUC in Charleston, and am saddened by this news. My heartfelt condolences to Rosemary and the family.

  6. Marian Keyes says:

    I knew Otis and Rosemary from their regular presence in the UUC congregation over the past 10 or so years.I came to expect seeing his kind face and steady support for Rosemary. I valued that he came in spite of the fact that his hearing loss must have meant missing much of the service. He has been missed. My condolences to his family.

  7. Angela Badalucco says:

    My sincere condolences to all of Otis’s family! I did Otis and Rosemary’s Hair for the past 24 years, and am deeply saddened by this news. I was afraid of this when I spoke with his daughter a week before his passing when they had to cancel his appointment. I thoroughly enjoyed the talks we had when I would cut his hair. He will be deeply missed! RIP Otis. 😢


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