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William Emerson

October 4, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

William Russell Emerson, 64, of Williamstown, W.Va., passed away on Oct. 2, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 22, 1948, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a son of the late Omar and Margaret Johnson Emerson.

William was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Fairmont University and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served in Korea. He retired after 38 years of service at General Electric in Friendly, W.Va. as an engineer. He enjoyed target shooting and reloading ammunition, hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his family and was a Baptist by faith.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joanne Davis Emerson; two daughters, Jennifer Emerson of Williamstown and Melissa Emerson of Belpre, Ohio; and one son, William Russell Emerson Jr. and his fiancee, Kristi Shaffer.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg with Pastor Todd Hill officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, and one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.

An online guestbook will be available at



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