J. William Taylor “J” Hott

September 28, 1989 - March 31, 2019

J. William Taylor “J” Hott, age 29, died suddenly and unexpectedly at home in Romney, WV on March 31, 2019.

J is preceded in death by his grandparents; Alfred Glenn and Shirley Elaine Hott, and Carl Otis and Gladys Elizabeth Conard, (5) uncles/aunts; Terry Alfred Hott, Larry Glenn Hott and Donna Jean Stickley, Ricky Dale Conard and Ollie Mae Conard.

J is survived by his parents, John Mark and Dorothy May Hott of Romney, (2) brothers; John Glenn (wife Megan) Hott of Stephen City, VA and Jonathon Patrick (wife Brittany) Judy of Inwood, WV, his sister, Rebecca Elaine Hott of Romney, WV, (3) nieces; Abagail Grace Perina, Elsa Danay Hott and Penelope Judy, a nephew, Wyatt Joseph Alexander Hott, his uncles/aunts, Gerald M. Hott, Robert Conard, Douglas Conard and Margaret Conard, his step grandmother, Charlotte Payne Conard, his cousins; Michael Hott, Melissa Kiefer, Laura Beth and Leroy Martin, Alexis Martin, Joseph Hott, Aaron Conard, Christine Turner, Michael Conard, Robin Shoemaker, Krystaline Conard, Anthony Conard and a world of other cherished family members, too many to list.

J was born in Winchester, VA and raised up in Romney on Sand Hill Road at the Hott’s family home.  He graduated from Hampshire High with the class of 2008 and attended West Virginia University until 2012 where he pursued degrees in Psychology and Photography.

Laughter, practical jokes, and making others laugh were high on J’s agenda.  He was a poet and authored many.  He loved soccer, football, music, jamming with his dad on guitars and playing gigs together.  He loved the Beatles and had an eye for style and fashion.  A reason to get dressed up was always to be looked forward to.  Check out his pictures on Facebook and it’s easy to witness a full and happy life.  Much changed and was turned upside down the summer of 2012 when he lost his lifelong and best friend in a swimming accident.  J, emotionally, never recovered.  The last seven years have been a constant struggle when J was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting in him losing his battle to Schizoaffective Disorder (SZA).  J’s family prays that much can be learned from this entire experience in hopes that others may avoid such pain and heartache.

J leaves legacies as a musician, photographer, athlete, prankster, poet and a loving soul that will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.   Godspeed dear J.

Friends will be received on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Covenant Baptist Church (Mt. Top, Romney) from 1 to 3PM.  Funeral services will commence at 3PM followed by interment at Old Bethel Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that contributions be made to help with final expenses.

Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney is handling the arrangements and questions may be directed to 304.822.3511


Carter Wagoner April 3, 2019

7 condolences for “J. William Taylor “J” Hott”

  1. I know John Glenn, and his admiration of his borther J. Words cannot really be said to make things better. J. is now free from his issues and is now in the arms of Jesus. My sincere prayers are with the family.

  2. John, Dorothy and family,

    My heart goes out to you all. God bless you and God bless him. I did not know him, but knew of his struggles. So very very sorry for you all. You are all in my prayers.

  3. John, Dorothy & Family,
    My heartfelt condolences in this time of great loss. May you consider this message a HUG from across the many miles. And may our Heavenly Father, the God of all comfort, hold you so CLOSE while you grieve and always give you all of the strength you need to sustain you. Lifting you up in prayer!

  4. So sorry to hear the struggles you all have endured. Prayers of comfort as you remember the times he made you laugh, beam with pride and love! He is safe in The Lord’s Arms and reunited with his dear friend and loved ones. Just ask and I will do anything to help. Shirley Dodson

  5. My heart is breaking for your family.J had a kind and loving soul.He was a good neighbor.l also remember J waiting on my friend Richard and I when he worked at Main Street Grill.I pray that you will find peace and comfort in your sweet memories of J.May God surround you with the love
    of family and friends in the difficult days ahead.
    Call me anytime if you need anything
    Love and prayers
    Your neighbor Margaret

  6. My dear Dothory and John, My heart goes out to you, May God bless you. Keeping you in our prayers. If we can do anything for you , Please let us know, Love you dearly!!

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