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William Franklin Willingham, Sr.

Sep 16, 2016

William Franklin Willingham, Sr., 76, of Kearneysville, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at Winchester Medical Center.

Born March 22, 1940, in Jefferson County, he was the son of Charles F. Willingham and Mary (Camby) Willingham.

Mr. Willingham Sr. was a master carpenter, master welder and heavy equipment operator. He was a “jack-of- all-trades.”

He was of the Baptist faith. He coached Little League baseball of all levels for many years at Shepherdstown, Bakerton and Shenandoah Junction. He was a past recipient of the Jefferson County Coach of the Year Award. He was a registered umpire in West Virginia. He lived baseball.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elsie Virginia (Seal) Willingham, at home; two daughters, Denise Poole, of Mt. Airy, Maryland and Kimberly D. Newman and husband, Channing, of Charles Town; three sons, William Franklin Willingham Jr., Dwayne Scott Willingham and Tony James Willingham, all of Kearneysville; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Rogers and husband, Dave, of Conway, South Carolina; and brother, Dale Willingham, of Ranson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, with Dr. Henry Christie officiating. Interment was held at Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.

Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Little League Association, P.O. Box 339, Ranson, WV 25438.