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William “Bill” Kerfot Longerbeam of Charles Town, who grew up on a farm in Summit Point, W.Va., died Dec. 28, 2019. He was 89.

Bill was born March 5, 1930 to Charles Clifton Longerbeam and Roberta Royston Longerbeam in Clarke County, Virginia. He married Theresa Johnson on July 6, 1957.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Yokohama, Japan where he attained the rank of sergeant. After the service, Bill worked for Halltown Paperboard for 20 years and then Shenandoah Quarry for 20 years as a plant supervisor.

He had a deep love for baseball. While in high school he played second base for the Charles Town Panthers who finished in second place in the 1948 state baseball championship. In the Army, he played third base for a team that went 53-0. When returning home he pitched for Westphal Hose Company No. 5 in Martinsburg and Halltown Paperboard In Jefferson County.

Bill was a member of Shenandoah Memorial United Methodist Church in Millville, W.Va. He also was a member of Jackson-Perks American Legion Post 71, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #948 and VFW Post 3522. Bill also enjoyed vegetable gardening, watching WVU football and basketball, watching Baltimore Orioles baseball, reading, and just plain “working hard.”

He is survived by his three children, Loria (Terry) Headlee, Roberta (Doug) Lance, Bradley (Juvy) Longerbeam; two grandchildren, Nicholas Lance and William Longerbeam; a sister, Victoria Belle Leigh, and his army buddy Ellis “Moose” Lyda.

He was preceded in death by his wife Theresa Johnson Longerbeam, his parents, brothers Andrew, Bentley, David, Shelby, Ray, Gary and Harold Longerbeam and sisters Dorothy Vann and Lorraine Eugley.

Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at Shenandoah Memorial UMC at 436 Millville Rd, Millville with a memorial service following at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah Memorial UMC at 436 Millville Road, Box A-10, Millville, WV 25432.

Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson, W.Va.

Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com


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