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William L. "Hoppy" Fleming, 86, of Pleasant Valley, died Monday (Oct. 16, 2017) at his residence.
He was born Oct. 22, 1930, in Fairmont, a son of the late Fred and Bess L. Matthews Fleming.
He is survived by his wife, Estaline May Fleming of Pleasant Valley, and was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Gwynn Fleming.
Mr. Fleming was the superintendent of the water treatment plant and pumping of the Fairmont Filtration Plant at Morris Park for the City of Fairmont, retiring in 1992 with 43 years of service.
Hoppy has lived in Pleasant Valley since 1958. He was a 50-year-plus member of the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church, serving in many ways. Hoppy was a 1949 graduate of East Fairmont High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1950-1954 and seeing duty overseas in the Philippines.
He was a charter member of the Valley Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Kingmill Valley Public Service District. He was also a member of the Rock Lake Club. He enjoyed his garden, fishing and hunting, square dancing, walking and following Fairmont State University athletics.
In addition to his wife, Estaline, survivors include his son, William F. Fleming of Rock Lake Community; a brother, Howard Fleming and his wife Emma of Lakeland, Florida; a sister, Elizabeth Lewis of Manassas, Virginia; several nieces and nephews; his step-daughters, Judie Charlton and her husband Bruce Andrews of Morgantown, and Nan "Missie" Murray and her husband Randy Murray of Fairmont; and his step-grandchildren, Hunter Murray, Alexandrea Murray, Brooke Andrews, Reed Andrews and Will Andrews.
In addition to his wife, Shirley, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Renee Fleming in 1976.
Memorials may be made to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center of West Virginia University Hospital Development Office, P.O. Box 9300, Morgantown, WV 26506 or to the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church, 1511 Pleasant Valley Road, Fairmont, WV 26554.
The family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. Friday and 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Reverend Andrew Tennant officiating. The committal service will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens. Full military honors will be recited at the cemetery by the Military Veterans Council of Marion County.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
Published on October 19, 2017
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