West Virginia Publisher Killed in Bicycle Accident

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J. Cecil Jarvis, president of the West Virginia-based Clarksburg Publishing Co. — which publishes the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram — died following a bicycle accident, the newspaper announced Wednesday. He was 58.

Jarvis became president of Clarksburg Publishing in 2002 after serving as
vice president. He also spent more than 30 years with the Clarksburg law
firm of McNeer, Highland, McMunn & Varner.

Lewis County Sheriff Michael R. Gissy said Jarvis was riding with a group of cyclists in the county’s Skin Creek area near Stonewall Jackson Lake early Tuesday evening when the accident occurred.

Jarvis grew up in Clarksburg and was an avid outdoorsman and athlete. He completed four Ironman triathlons and finished two Boston Marathons. He was working on a goal of running one marathon in every state.

Besides overseeing the 146-year-old daily newspaper, Jarvis was involved in the merger of United Hospital Center and West Virginia United Health System, and worked on the campaign to build a new hospital. He served on the boards of both organizations.

He also served on the boards of several local banks and the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce.

Jarvis is survived by his wife and two daughters. Funeral arrangements were not finalized Wednesday.

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