Orville Williamson

Orville L. Williamson, 83, of Dunmore, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Facility, in Clarksburg.

He was born March 7, 1930, and was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Williamson, in 2007.

Mr. Williamson served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his heroic service. He worked as a coal miner for many years and retired as a federally licensed master electrician in the mining industry.

Mr. Williamson leaves behind three daughters, Donita Abernathy and Donna Pitts, both of Tennessee, and Lou Lehman of South Carolina; three sons, Orville Williamson Jr. of West Virginia, Donald Williamson of Louisiana, and John Rider of Pennsylvania; two stepdaughters, Anna Pollutro of West Virginia and Tina Tyson of Virginia; and a stepson, Tom Rider of West Virginia. Orville is also survived by one of his 16 siblings, his sister, Jessie Fowler of Ohio; and many other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila Boulay; and a stepson Joey Rider.

The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, WV 26554 today from 2 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home Saturday at 1 p.m. with Orville’s nephew, the Rev. Gary Louzan, of Cleveland, Ohio, officiating. Interment will follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont with military honors to be conducted by the Marion County Veterans Council at graveside.

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