William “Bill” Franklin Whetsell age 79 a resident of Rt. 4 Tyhannon Sportsman Club Rd. Philippi passed away Friday March 6, 2009 at his residence. He was born February 1, 1930 at Terra Alta, WV a son of the late William Fredrick and Della Lounette (Freeman) Whetsell. Bill was united in marriage October 15, 1952 to his wife of 56 years Betty Ann (Summerour) Whetsell who survives. Also surviving:
Two daughters: Judy and husband Conway Robinson of Warrenton, VA
Debra Whetsell of Narragansett, RI
Two sons: Dan and wife April Whetsell of Purcellville, VA
Judson Whetsell of Winchester, VA
Eight grandchildren: Katie and Billy Whetsell, Casie Diest, Shelly Miller, Robbie Robinson, Samantha Latty, Ben and Laura Rogers
Eight great grandchildren
Special Friend of the family, Pam Williams
Bill was preceded in death by one son: Michael Whetsell, special friends, Sharon Carr.
Bill retired as a Pharmacist having worked in Purcellville, VA, and Belington, WV at the local Rite Aid. He served in the US Air Force from 1951-53 during the Korean Conflict.
Bill was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer. He was a member of the Jerusalem United Methodist Church. Bill was a graduate of WVU class of 1956.
Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home 216 N. Walnut St. Philippi on Sunday March 8, from 2-8:00 p.m. the family will be present from 2-4 and 6-8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday March 9, from 8-10:00 a.m. the service hour with Rev. Alicia Rapking officiating. Mr. Whetsell will be moved Tuesday March 10, to the Roundhill United Methodist Church in Roundhill, VA to lie in state from 12-2:00 p.m. the service hour with Pastor Jeffrey Witt officiating. Interment will follow in Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, VA with military rites being accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association 15120 Collections Center Dr. Chicago, IL 60693, or Mountain Hospice 1600 Crim Ave. Belington, WV 26250. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.wrightfuneralhomeservices.com