W.E. `Bill' Underwood


W.E. "Bill" Underwood, 75, of Shady Spring, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999, in a Charleston hospital. Born July 13, 1923, at Powley's Creek, he was the son of the late Minnie Dennis and Walter Z. Underwood and the great-grandson of the late Joseph B. Underwood, an early sheriff of Raleigh County. Mr. Underwood served with Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army in Europe during World War II. He landed on Omaha Beach in June 1944 and stayed with the 4th Armored Division until he was wounded March 29, 1945, and received the Purple Heart. He owned Underwood Lumber Co., Shady Spring, for 35 years until his retirement in 1981. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shady Spring, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a member of DAV Chapter 18, which recently recognized him for 50 years of membership. He served as a past member on the Board of Directors of Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce. He was a past member of Gideon Internationals and served with various civic and community groups in the past years. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rita Sue Underwood; four brothers, John, Jennings, Earl and Lemuel; and a sister, Pearl. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Hope Daniels Underwood; two daughters, Vickie Hensley and her husband, Edward, of Charleston and Coleen Redden of Beaver; four granddaughters, Elizabeth Hope Hensley and Katherine Hock Hensley, both of Charleston, and Deborah Redden and Sarah Redden, both of Beaver; a brother, Melvin Underwood of Jumping Branch; and a sister, Laura Hendrickson of White Oak. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Revs. Howard Miller and Frank McGahey officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Daniel Moye, Clyde Clay, Chris Smith, Daniel Carver, Terry Brooks, Ervin Bennett, and also Ronald B. Cantley, S.B. Tate, Ray Skelton, Hurbert Richards, Gene Church, David Bennett and G. Clark Mills. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

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