William A. Byus
William A. Byus
  • October 8, 1936 - October 2, 2015
  • Hurricane, West Virginia

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William (Bill) Alexander Byus, III, 78 of Hurricane, WV formerly of Charleston, WV passed away peacefully on 10/2/15. He was born in Charleston, WV on October 8, 1936.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William A. Byus, Jr. and Naomi Aulene Whited, Sister Charlotte Anne Maddox Richardson, Son-in-law Dana Allan Villeme, Step-daughter Jane Fleetwood Pattison.

He is survived by his wife Catherine Pattison Byus, his daughter Heather Byus Villeme of Martinsburg, WV, Step-daughter Catherine Pattison Brown of Bainbridge, GA, Step-son Frederick “Fritz” Starrett Pattison of Atlanta, GA, two Nieces, Cynthia Grooms, of Chesterfield, VA and Ann Wainright Richardson of Charlottesville, VA, and one Nephew Mark Andrew Maddox of Providence Forge, VA, and four step-grandchildren, cousins, great nieces and great nephews.

Bill graduated from Charleston High School in 1954. He enjoyed playing the bass drum in the Charleston High School Mountain Lion Band, under the direction of Robert G. Williams. He was a loyal alumnus and an active member of the Class Reunion Committee.

Bill served in the Army as an M.P. in Munich, Germany. He graduated from Morris Harvey College in 1963 with dual degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. He worked as an accountant in budget and accounts payable for several Agencies of the State of WV and retired after 34 years of service.

Bill was a longtime member of Asbury Methodist Church in Charleston. His family had worshipped at Asbury. He was proud that his grandfather, William A Byus, “The Old Country Preacher”, a renowned ordained minister of his time, had been the minister of Asbury and that Bill’s Father, William A. Byus, Jr., was born in the parsonage. In recent years, he moved to Hurricane and became an active member of St. Timothy’s In the Valley Episcopal Church, in Hurricane, WV. He served on the Vestry, was Junior Warden, sang in the choir, participated in Bible study, and was in charge of the landscaping and upkeep of the church grounds, including the memorial garden given in his honor.

He was a 50 year member of Charleston Lodge No 153 AF and AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, and Beni Kedem Shriners. He participated in the Putnam County Fair Board, and was former Chairman of Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Bill was very talented and used his skills to help others. As a young man, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He then participated in the Explorer Program and later served as a Scout Master. He was a gracious host and enjoyed cooking and grilling BBQ for his family and friends. As usual, he also was proficient in his gardening, became a Master Gardener and landscaped garden areas for his church and the community. He helped form and was the first President of the Putnam County Master Gardeners. He was an avid golfer and bowler and participated in the WV State Employee golf and bowling leagues. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A funeral service will be held on October 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Timothy’s in the Valley Episcopal Church in Hurricane, WV. With The Rev. Cheryl Winter officiating. Friends may call from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM October 4, 2015 at St Timothy’s In the Valley Episcopal Church 3434 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to: St Timothy’s In the Valley Episcopal Church, landscaping fund, P O Box 424, Hurricane, WV 25526 or Hubbard Hospice 4605 MacCorkle Ave, South Charleston, WV 25309.