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Obituary for Donald Ray Channell

Donald R. Channell passed from this earth April 2, 2017 at his home in Belington, WV. He was born in Elkins, WV, on November 21, 1947, a son of the late Paul E. and Gladys Coontz Channell.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Pamela Wood Channell; daughter Shelly Thomas and husband Luke; daughter Stephanie Hankins and husband Jimmy; and granddaughter Madison Hankins, all of Clarksburg, Mother-in-law Marcella Garvin and Step Mother-in-law Evelyn Wood both of Oak Hill, WV.

Also surviving are a brother Edward Channell and wife Kitty, and sister Judith Helmick, all of Cumberland, MD; twin brother Ronald Channell and wife Vivian of Philippi, WV; several nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends and extended family. He was preceded in death by brother-in-law Roy Helmick.

Donald graduated from Elkins High School in 1966 and served in the US Army from December 1966 to December 1969. In 1968 he was stationed with the 4th Infantry Division in Pleiku, Vietnam. He earned the Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.

He was a member of the American Legion Post # 96 of Belington and a life-time member of the Laurel Mountain Post #410 Veteran of Foreign Wars of Belington. He was also a member of the Belington Masonic Lodge # 125 AF&AM, and Tygarts Valley Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons Lodge #39 of Philippi.

For fourteen years he was an agent for Peoples Life Insurance Co. He owned the Channell Insurance Agency from 1985 to 2009, at which time he retired, having been an insurance agent for 38 years. In 1993 he became licensed as a securities representative.

Donnie, as most people called him, attended the Sugar Creek United Methodist Church. He loved being outdoors and considered mowing his fields more of a hobby than a chore. He grew up hunting and fishing which were always big part of his life. After retiring he began building furniture in his free time. Donnie loved good jokes and will always be remembered with a smile on his face. He had many friends and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Friends will be received from the Talbott Funeral Home 56 N. Brandenburg Street in Belington on Wednesday April 5, 2017 from 10am -1 pm, the funeral hour where final rites will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Pastor Howard Swick officiating. Interment will then follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery near Belington where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion post #96 of Belington and the United States Army and the Belington Masonic Lodge #125 will also conduct the Masonic burial rite. The family asks memorial contributions can be made to Mountain Hospice 1002 Crim Avenue Belington, WV 26250 or to the Sugar Creek United Methodist Church c/o David Poling 2396 Morgantown Pike Belington, WV 26250. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com. The Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Donald R. Channell.
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