Charles “Bud” Richard Whetsell, 85, of Kingwood, WV, died on Monday, October 26, 2020, at his home.
Bud was born April 25, 1935, in Whetsell Settlement, to the late Charles Sumner Whetsell and Ruby Bell (Hoffman) Whetsell Allen.
He was a 1953 graduate of Kingwood High School and the Mellon Bank School of Banking. In 1953 Bud won the National Public Speaking Contest in FFA in Kansas City. He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Kingwood, where he was a Choir and Quartet Member, and a member of the Beatty Methodist Church in the Whetsell Settlement. Bud was the Chairman of the Buckwheat Festival in 2001, a Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis Club and Chairman of the Republican Party of Preston County. Bud was an Auditor at the Terra Alta Bank and for the Northern Railroad. He worked for the Governors Highway Safety Administration, then became the Assessor of Preston County for 25 years. His hobbies included golfing, bowling, fishing and hunting. Bud loved his grandchildren and gave his children their faith.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene (Davis) Whetsell; three daughters and spouses, Denise and Ike Harris of Kingwood, Debbie and Marc Halbritter of Richmond, Va, and Danita Sharp of Alexandria, VA; two sisters and spouses, Pauline and Bud Parrack of Oakland, MD, and Martha and Dale Childs of Morgantown; six grandchildren and spouses, Ashlee and Cory Walts of Philadelphia, Shane McCarty of Kingwood, Skyler and Mitch Levine of Tacoma Park, MD, Dylan Sharp of Alexandria, VA, Alex Halbritter and Aaron Ojalvo of Oakland, CA, and Darby Sharp of Alexandria, VA; one great-grandchild, Davis Walts of Philadelphia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, William Whetsell; two sisters, Susan Wilson and Jean Gerasimovich.
Friends will be received at the Rotruck-Lobb Kingwood Chapel, 295 South Price Street; on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, from 2-8pm; on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Joe Lamm officiating. Interment will be in the Maplewood Cemetery.
The family requests that any memorial donations be made in Bud’s memory to the Church Choir at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 107 West High Street, Kingwood, WV 26537.
Social distancing and masks are REQUIRED.
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