Claude Hamilton French Obituary

Date of Birth:

Saturday, May 7th, 1927

Date of Death:

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Funeral Home:

Brown Funeral Home
327 West King St.
Martinsburg, West Virginia, UNITED STATES


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.

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