Alba Gordon Channell, 95, of Bridgeport, passed over the river on Wednesday morning, June 13, 2018, at the home of his daughter Louise surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Amedysis Hospice. He was born on Potts Run near Hacker Valley, Webster County on February 7, 1923, a son of the late Elihu Powers Channell and Laura Ann (Carpenter) Channell.
On November 23, 1946, he married Dorothy Gay Lowther, who departed her earthly life on February 7, 1996.
He is survived by four children, Louise Hissam and her husband Dannie, Bridgeport; Lawrence “Larry” Channell and his wife Mary Kay, Wheeling; and Carolyn Wetzel and her husband Martin, St. Clairsville, OH; and Jimmie Channell and his wife Marlene, Fairmont; and his daughter-in-law, Robin Channell, Elm Grove, WV; twelve grandchildren, Cheryl Davidson and her husband Daniel; Lisa Hissam Stout and her husband Lowell Thomas Stout; Jason Hissam and his wife Robin; Cynthia Channell Harris and her husband Alan; Stephanie Channell; Derek Channell and his wife Jackie; Zachary Channell; Jesse Channell; Natalie Wetzel; Ashley Wetzel Kyle and her husband Brandon; Matt Channell; Jeremy Channell; and seven great-grandchildren. He was also blessed with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Junior Ray Channell. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family and preceding him in death were three brothers who died as infants, Clarence, Leonard, and Gerald Channell. Longevity was a family trait as the rest of his deceased siblings all lived into their 80’s and 90’s, Lonnie, Worthy, Earl, and Kenneth Channell; and a sister Local Channell Tracy.
Alba was a veteran of World War II and was the recipient of five Bronze Stars. He served his country from January 1943 until the War ended and was discharged in November 1945 with the rank of Corporal. Alba’s 35th Infantry Division entered the combat on July 7, 1944, landing on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, approximately one month after D-Day, traveled inland to St. Lo, France, where they relieved the D-Day Soldiers who were totally exhausted. His unit served in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, and Germany, and he also was a participant in the Battle of the Bulge (16 Dec 1944 to 25 Jan 1945). Alba was an anti-tank gun crewman.
He was so proud of his twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, as well as his own two daughters and three sons. Alba was a coal miner, retiring from Consolidated Coal in 1985. Alba was a United Methodist by faith and quite fond of his West Milford United Methodist Church family.
Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, on Friday from 2 - 8 p.m., where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018, with Rev. Jim Murphy presiding. Interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery, where Military Funeral Honors will be accorded by Harrison County Honor Guard and WV Army National Guard Honor Guard.