The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 5, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, July 5, 2013

J. William ‘Bill’ Bleau Jr.

MEADOW CREEK — J. William “Bill” Bleau, Jr., 99, of Meadow Creek, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at the home of his daughter in Forest Hill following a long illness.

Born June 18, 1914, at McKendra Hospital in Fayette County, he was the son of the late J. William, Sr., and Effie Ennis Bleau.

Bill started school at Meadow Creek, and graduated from Green Sulphur District High School, both in Summers County. He attended Concord Teachers College in Athens, West Virginia, and also Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. During World War II, he spent his summers from school working in the shell factories in Wilmington, Delaware, Elkton, Maryland, and New Jersey.

He was a retired school teacher for the Summers County school system with 45 years of service. In the early years, he walked a great distance to teach in rural schools throughout Summers County, including Chestnut Mountain, Claypool, Meadow Creek, where he spent most of his years, Green Sulphur, Brooks, Hinton and Sandstone. He was a proud member of the Retired Teachers of America. Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman, always raised a large garden and loved to work in his woodshop, turning out many beautiful pieces. For many years, he was an Amateur Radio Operator with call number W8dJW, and spent many hours talking with Hams all over the world.

Bill was a member and leader in the Ground Observer Corp., and was a 4-H Leader. He had been involved with the Summers County Senior Center since its formation and also served on the Board for many years. He was a member of Meadow Creek Baptist Church, serving as Sunday School teacher and Superintendent, as well as church Secretary and Treasurer.

In April 2010, due to declining health, he made his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Jewell and Leonard Webb, at Forest Hill. Even then, he enjoyed going to church and Sunday school at the Forest Hill churches and was actively involved in both as long as his health permitted. He cherished his new church family and they were endeared to him as well with his scripture knowledge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Dale Hoke Bleau, in 1993. Also preceded by a brother, Sam Bleau, two sisters, Virginia Grimmett and Beulah Gaston, and son-in-law, John Caponiti.

Survivors include a son, William Bleau and wife Deloris of Walbridge, OH, two daughters, Jewell Webb and husband Leonard of Forest Hill and Becky Caponiti of Beckley. Grandsons, John Bleau and wife Jackie of Curtis, OH, Kenneth Webb and wife Donna of Forest Hill and Michael Webb and wife Jessica of Huntington. Granddaughters, Cynthia Karikas and husband David of Curtis, OH, Julie Fisher and husband Mike of Radford, VA, and Angela Hayostic and husband James of Warren, VA. Great-grandsons, Tristan and Shane Hayostic, both of Warren, VA, Jesse Webb of Forest Hill, Landon Bleau of Curtis, OH, Joe Karikas of Amherst, NY, and Elliott, Spencer and Ambrose (Sully) Webb all of Huntington. Great-granddaughters, Jessica Fisher Laws and husband James of South Boston, VA, Amanda Fisher of Radford, VA, Susan Fisher Mahlburg and husband Derek of Charlottesville, VA, Jayden and Kennedy Bleau and Abigail Karikas, all of Curtis, OH, Amber Bennett and husband Ronnie of Lerona, WV, and Lilly Jayden Hayostic of Warren, VA. Great-great-grandchildren, Mackenzi Bennett, Dylan Ray Bennett, Harper Mahlburg, Darius Fisher and Dakota Laws. Special friend, Neva Reed of Meadow Creek.

The family would like to thank a special grandson, Kenneth Webb and wife Donna for being there at all times possible to see to his needs, both love and material. Also a special thank you to Kathy, Michelle and Connie of Hospice of Southern West Virginia and Susan Meadows of Summers County Council of Aging as well as many others who cared for Bill.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Gary Adkins and Pastor Mike McCoy officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery at Sandstone. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, WV.

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