Loy C. McAtee, 93, a former resident of Waneta, Webster County, and for the past 40 years, a resident of Huttonsville, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
He was born Sunday, June 13, 1920, in Waneta, Webster Springs, a son of the late Albert Harrison McAtee and Gertie Mae Hamrick McAtee. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
On May 3, 1945, he was married, in Buckhannon, to the late Katheryn A. Liggett McAtee, who preceded him in death on April 7, 2011. They had celebrated 65 years of marriage.
Loy along with his wife had operated the post office, store, taxi cab service and filling station at Waneta, Webster County, for 28 years and later was owner/operator of the Huttonsville Exxon in Huttonsville for 18 years. Loy was very active in the community and served on the Huttonsville Public Service District Board for 30 years, the Huttonsville Correctional Parole Board, Randolph County Health Department Board and the Randolph County Development Authority.
Loy served in the United States Army in World War II and was stationed in New Guinea. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with a bronze star and good conduct medal and two overseas bars.
Others left to cherish Loy's memories are two sons, Eugene McAtee and wife, Kandi, of Mill Creek and Paul McAtee and wife, Louise, of Beverly; one daughter, Mary Marcum of Huttonsville; and three sisters-in-law, Helena Liggett of Elkins, Nellie Liggett of Huttonsville and Emily Liggett of Hilo, Hawaii. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, Christina M. Brady of Hampton, Va., Kasey D. Andrews of Richmond, Va., Justin C. McAtee of Huttonsville, Paul David McAtee II of Daytona Beach, Fla., Neena Walls of Clarksburg, Paula A McAtee, Michael D. McAtee and Emily L. McAtee of Beverly, Robert Lee McAtee II, Rodney Lynn McAtee, Bradley Shaun McAtee and Jennifer L. McAtee of Huttonsville, Katheryn E. Marcum and Teena L. Marcum of Huttonsville; 11 great-grandchildren, Grace E. Brady, Abigail E. Brady, Mark Alexander Andrews, Alexis McAtee, Noah Bradley McAtee, Braden Carus McAtee, Bentley Allen Walls, Somer Jo McAtee, Landon Robert McAtee, Tyler Lynn McAtee and Madalynn McAtee; two daughters-in-law; Margie McAtee and Caffey McAtee; one special friend, Shirley Bosley; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were two sons, Loy Earl McAtee and Robert Lee McAtee Sr.; one daughter, Emily V. McAtee; three brothers, Eslie McAtee, Forrest McAtee and Ernest McAtee; sisters-in-law, Pattie Laderach, Mary B. Liggett, Ilene McAtee and Doris McAtee; and brothers-in-law, James Liggett, Barrett Lee Liggett, Kenneth Wadahara and Ernest Laderach.
Loy attended the schools of Point Mountain, was a member of the Elks Lodge in Elkins, Randolph County Senior Center, American Legion, a charter member of the Webster Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elkins Order of the Odd Fellows. He was a member of the Tygart Valley Presbyterian Church in Huttonsville where he was a charter member and was the oldest living lifetime elder in the church.
Visitation will be at the Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. During visitation, the Elkins Order of the Odd Fellows will conduct a ritualistic service. On Monday, Loy will be moved to the Tygart Valley Presbyterian Church where friends may call from noon to 2 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. JoAnne Glaser and Pastor Frank Stanley will officiate, and interment will follow in the Brick Church Cemetery in Huttonsville where full military honors will be accorded by members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign War, and West Virginia Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tygart Valley Presbyterian Church, Huttonsville WV 26273, in Loy's honor. The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Loy C. McAtee. Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.