Claude Hamilton French Obituary

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May 7, 1927 – November 28, 2006

Claude Hamilton French, well-known
businessman died on the morning of
November 28, 2006, after a long illness.
Born May 7, 1927, at the home in Allensville,
he was the son of the late Harry and
Vicey Brannon French. Three brothers,
Walter, Paul, and Clyde French and
one sister, Violet Risinger, also
preceded him in death. Other family
members included a brother, Robert French
of Hedgesville, and three sisters,
Elsie Piccolomini of Martinsburg,
Polly Risinger of Hedgesville,
and Betty Tucker of Kearneysville.

Donna Jean Baker, his wife of fifty-five years,
a son Steve French and wife, Regina; two
daughters, Cheryl Whitcomb and husband Mike,
Jan Kidwell and husband, Jay; five
grandchildren, Dennyl and husband
Jack Beadling, Christopher Enns,Camilla
and husband Tommy Rebuck, Bretly and wife,
Krista Kidwell, and Alex Kidwell; and
five great-grandchildren survive Mr. French.

In his early years, Claude attended the
Allensville School and helped out
on the family farm. A World War II veteran,
he entered military service in 1945 and
served overseas with a Marine battalion
stationed in Tientsin, China. After
completing a two-year stint in the Corps,
of which he was especially proud, he
returned home and worked a variety
of jobs.

In 1961, Mr. French was seriously
injured in a fall during the construction
of a Capitol cement plant in Stronach,
Michigan. After a long recuperation,
he returned to work. In the summer
of 1967, Claude built a service station
on his property in Johnsontown
and that September 26 went into
business. He was the owner-operator
for thirty nine years.

Mr. French was a member of Johnsontown
Bible Church. In his lifetime, Claude
was an accomplished carpenter, meticulous
gardener, skilled mechanic, and an expert
marksman. He enjoyed telling stories
of the old days, watching boxing and
pro wrestling, and was great fan of
the Detroit Tigers. He was an honest,
hard-working man who will be greatly
missed by his family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday,
December 1, 2006 at 11:00AM at the Johnsontown
Bible Church with Pastor L. Jack Rudy
officiating. Interment will be in Allensville

Family will receive friends on Thursday from
2:00PM to 4:00PM and 7:00PM to 9:00PM at the
Johnsontown Bible Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to
Johnsontown Bible Church,P.O. Box 301,
Hedgesville, WV 25427, Martinsburg Union
Rescue Mission, 602 W. King Street,
Martinsburg, WV 25401 or Hospice of
the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court,
Martinsburg, WV 25403.

Claude's tribute is brought to you by:
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Brown Funeral Home
327 West King St.
Martinsburg, WV United States
Phone: (304) 263-8896
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