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Who Jimmy Stephens
What Jimmy Stephens, New England Country Gentleman and Star of WWVA Jamboree, Died in 2006
When April 29, 2006
Where Wheeling, WV

Note: We discovered that Jimmy had passed away while researching information after the recent passing of one of the members of his show in the mid-1960s. We include this obituary notice from 2006 to document his passing belatedly.

James F. “Jimmy Stephens” Papillo known as the “New England Country Gentleman”, 76, of Valley Grove, Wheeling, WV, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2006 in the Wheeling Hospital, after a long, valiant battle with many cancers.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, May 26, 1929, son of the late Frank and Antoinette Falvo Papillo.

“Jimmy” enlisted in Special services of the Armed Forces. Six weeks after, a heart murmur was detected, and he was given an honorable discharge.

He was a self-employed musician and entertainer as a member of the WWVA Jamboree USA for forty years, at the Capitol Music Hall, and also performed at the Victoria Theater in Wheeling, and performed at the very first Jamboree in The Hills event. He performed at many Benefits in the local area as well as the many concerts throughout the North East and Canada, and was well known in many local churches for his gospel music. He worked many of the U.S. O. tours including Thule Air Force Base in Greerland.

A loving and caring person, he touched the hearts of each and every person he met and was dearly loved by his family, friends and many fans.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Gilberto.

Surviving are a daughter, Jomana M. Krupinski and her husband, Mark of Triadelphia, WV; three sons, James F. Papillo and his wife, Joanne; Stephen Papillo and his wife, Kathleen all of Conn.; and Anthony F. Papillo and his wife, Annette of West Hollywood, CA; two step-children, Robert L. Young and his wife, Lori of Valley Grove, WV; and Robin L. Raineri and her husband, Jim of Avella, PA; his step-mother, Mary Janice Papillo of Norma, NJ; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two life-long, musical friends, Smiley Roberts, of Nashville, Tenn. and Alan McElwain of Wheeling; two special friends, Joseph Mascolo of CA, and Cleo Whitecotton of Wheeling; Jimmy had a very special relationship with his singing partner of 41 years, and former wife, Jo Ann Davis (Vandergriff).

There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service, Saturday, May 13, 2006, at 11 a.m. the Capital Music Hall, Main Street, Wheeling, with the Reverend Roland Boggs officiating. Interment to be held at the convenience of the fmaily.

Contact Kepner Funeral Homes
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