Ervin Dwight Channell, 92, a resident of Valley Head and more recently a resident of Marriottsville, Md., departed this life Thursday afternoon, July 25, 2013, at the home of his daughter, Deborah, in Marriottsville, Md. He had been in declining health.
He was born Monday, July 26, 1920, in Valley Head, a son of the late Ira Leonard and Bessie Barb Channell.
He was twice married. First, on June 5, 1948, he was married to the former Opal Bodkins, who preceded him in death June 29, 1972 and second to Christina, who survives.
Surviving are three daughters, Joanie McCabe and husband, Lee, of Ellicot City, Md., Deborah McCullen and companion, Laury, of Marriottsville, Md., and Regina Forry and husband, Nelson, of Buckhannon; one brother, Adolph Channell and wife, Barbara, of Beverly; one sister, Elsie Porter of Baltimore, Md.; six grandchildren, Laury Jr., Nicole, Brian, Lauren, Dane and Delaina; and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were one infant son; one infant brother; four sisters, Edna O. Austin, Hattie Tacy Hanaford, Gracie Pingley Lowther and Armie Swecker; and one grandson, Dane Michael Forry.
He attended the one-room school in Valley Head. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II. He was a coal miner for the Hickory Lick Coal Mine at Point Mountain. He worked for Martin Marietta Co. as an electrician, building airplanes. He worked for Bethlehem Steel as an electrician for ship building. He was an avid outdoorsman and a noted fly fisherman, tying his own flies. He had an expertise for tree graphing; he enjoyed farming and was an avid reader.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home chapel Monday, July 29, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Jim Murphy will officiate, and interment will follow in Valley Head Cemetery at Valley Head, where the U.S. Navy, H.W. Daniel's Post 29 American Legion and Tygarts Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct full military honors.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Ervin Dwight Channell. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.