Obituary of David Paul Earman
David "Dave" Paul Earman, 59, of Bunker Hill, WV passed away unexpectedly and answered God's call to be with Jesus on June 30" 2022. Born June 17th, 1963 in Winchester, Virginia, he is the son of the late Paulman S. Earman and
Janet Webster Corbin.He is survived by his mother, Janet Webster Corbin of Martinsburg, WV, stepfather, William. G. Ballinger Ill and wife Josie of Winchester, VA. Two sisters, Deanna Johnson and husband Tony of Bunker Hill, Bibi Combs and husband, Pete of Inwood. Two brothers, William G. Ballinger II of Martinsburg, Mark Ballinger and wife Rhonda of Martinsburg. Many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.
David officially graduated from Musselman High School in 1982. He enlisted in the US Navy in November of 1980 and started active duty August 1981. He completed his boot camp training at the Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois. From there he was stationed in Orlando, Florida and afterwards Norfolk, Virginia. He received numerous certifications in electricity and electronics and was commended in writing for attaining the highest scholastic average in his class while completing the Electronics Course. After leaving the Navy he went on to be a very talented carpenter for many years of his life. Disassembling and rebuilding old log cabins was one of his favorite projects although he mastered many areas of the contruction business. He loved working outside with his hands.
Later on in life, David attended Kanawha Valley Community and technical College in Charleston, WV where he obtained a certificate to be an Addictions Specialist. During his time in college and after his graduation from that program he worked at Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV in the Behavioral and Mental Health Department. This was a place that David himself had received treatment for his alcohol addiction. He was impressed with the program personally and love the staff there. He had always wanted to help others with their addictions especially since he was well aware of the challenges and the pain from his own experience.
David was a free spirit and loved to travel and experience new places and people. He never wanted to stay in one place for too long. He loved adventure, nature and the freedom to wander. He enjoyed the great outdoors and pitched a tent to camp quite often over the years. He really did not like living his life in the traditional sense and typically didn’t which caused contention with family at times.
He was very competitive and athletic especially in his younger years. While attending elementary and middle school he ran track, competed in field day with much success.He played football in high school at Hedgesville High and would just throw the football casually with friends and family. He always enjoyed shooting basketball and throwing a Frisbee for fun too. Bike riding and hiking was two of his special interests most of his life. Riding motorcycles and dirt bikes were a big part of his growing up in Pine Grove, VA.
He enjoyed reading books of all kinds but his favorites were nonfiction. He enjoyed learning about the world around him and reading was the next best thing to traveling. He also kept his mind sharp by working word puzzles. He loved to read his Bible,daily devotionals, Our Daily Bread and Everyday prayers.
David had a big heart and was a loving, trusting, giving(if he had it to give) and peaceful person when he was sober. He had a big personality and was very much a people person most of the time. He did value his alone time especially as he got older. He never met a stranger and could talk to anyone about anything. If he was having a great day then he wanted you to do the same! He had an ability to feel things much deeper than most people. He was very intuitive and could sense when others needed help in some way. He was always willing to help another person and believed it was his calling. He had a pastor tell him he had the Holy Spirit which attracted others to him. He understood what it felt like to need help and didn't want his fellow friend to feel alone like he had so many times in his past when he was fighting depression and addiction.
David had a strong belief in God and his close connection to him had helped him through some very dark and difficult times in his life. He attended many different churches and went to AA meetings at some of those same churches. He read his Bible and daily devotionals often. He shared the word of God with many including his family and friends. He was so excited about his Lord and wanted to share the word of God with others.
David loved and cared about his family and friends very deeply. Due to his alcohol addiction, it was not always easy for him to convey this as often or as much as he would have liked to. He prayed for his family and friends often and wanted the best for them.
David's most important accomplishment in life was not the education he received or the many different jobs he worked over the years. It was finding and knowing God so that he would eventually leave this world and live his new life eternally with Jesus Christ, his savior. He knew he would never find anything on this earth to compare and was comfortable in his faith and beliefs. He always reminded us to talk to God and follow him so that we could all be together again someday. He was known to end most conversations by speaking, writing or texting, "Peace and Love."
Please join our family for a celebration of David's Life service and gathering on Sunday, September 18th at the Poor House Farm Park in Martinsburg, WV. We will be set up at the Rotary Pavillion and will receive guests from 1pm-5pm or later. The service will start at 2pm. We will provide food and drinks and you are welcome to bring a special dish or dessert if you like. Wearing tiedye in David’s memory would be great!
Please bring any pictures, letters, notes that you would like to share. We encourage family and friends to share stories and good memories so we can fully celebrate David’s life here on earth.
Contact Deanna Johnson @304-229-0841 via call or text to confirm you will be attending David's service. Memorial Contributions can be made in David's memory to the Immanuel's House 713 Buxton St. Martinsburg, WV 2S401.