William B. Murray

MURRAY, William B., age 96, of Jackson Center passed away on November 1, 2013, at Fair Haven Nursing Home, Sidney, Ohio.

William was born on October 13, 1917, Grant District, Hancock County, WV, to the late Robert Bruce and Mabel Cecil Murray. On August 4, 1944, he married Norma Jepson, and she preceded him in death on January 20, 2005.

He is survived by daughters, Phyllis Pahl (Edwin Decosta), Columbus, OH, and Rev. Dr. Sylvia Hull (Walter) of Jackson Center, OH, with whom he resided; grandchildren, Kirsten (Oliver) Hienton of Galloway, OH, Amanda (Dusty) Grayson of Delaware, OH, Seth Pfannenschmidt (Amy Portenlanger) of Pittsburgh, PA, Chris Hull of Gallipolis, OH; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Winfred Murray of Elizabeth, WV.

William attended the one room Elwood School and Wells High School. He received a BS degree in biology in 1940, the Centennial Class of Bethany College. Bill was employed by Weirton Steel for 36 years in the quality control department. At the time of his retirement in 1976, he was supervisor of several intra-mill laboratories devoted to surface control of tin and galvanized coated steel strips.

For 60 years, Bill and Norma resided at 1000 Ridge Ave., New Cumberland, WV. He was a charter member of the New Cumberland Lions Club, serving twice as president and as district governor of District 29L. William was raised a Master Mason on January 29, 1953, by the New Cumberland Lodge 22 AF & AM.

He and his wife were also active members of the Brooks Bird Club of Wheeling, WV, and held a number of offices including president for two years.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Nessly Chapel United Methodist Church, Route 2, Nessly Road, New Cumberland, WV, by Rev. Dr. Heather Murray Elkins. Family will receive friends Wednesday, November 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nixon Funeral Home, 900 Ridge Ave., New Cumberland, WV.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation, in care of Jim Wells, P.O. Box 105, New Cumberland, West Virginia 26047.