Eugene West Jr.
WEST, Jr., Eugene C. “Chipper” “Chip,” 58, died Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Liza’s Place after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Wheeling, W.Va., on April 7, 1952, Chip was the son of Eugene C. West, Sr. and Phyllis Blanchard West.
Chip’s creative genius and love for the City of Wheeling began at an early age.
In 1977, he and his brother formed WW Productions and took Disco on the road in the Tri-State Area. Later the Brothers West were touted by the Wheeling News Register, 1979, as having created one of the lushest discotheques in the area, with the largest capacity of any club in Wheeling. Patrons of the “CLOUD I” arrived by elevator to this very chic club located on the top floor of the Pythian Building in downtown Wheeling.
In 1990, Chip and his wife opened The Point Overlook Museum. It was a museum that told the history of the City through pictures, maps and illustrations. Located on the East Hill overlooking 12 miles of river view, two states and three counties, Chip’s idea of having Wheeling on grand display was accomplished as was his mission that every visitor to our City should see this place he called home from this vantage point. He loved the City’s rich history and spent countless, tireless hours wowing motor coach groups with the tales he wove. (If anyone knows Mr. West, Sr., Chip came by this talent for storytelling quite honestly.) In 1996, the couple later expanded the facility to host special occasions that were a perfect complement to the view and the museum.
After 26 years with AEP, Chip found a future and more good friends at Lamar Outdoor Advertising where he served as Sales Manager.
Chip served in many capacities through his workplaces and for the City, but The Point Overlook was his passion. His many dreams for the City as well as his own bright light went out in and for Wheeling on October 10th.
In addition to his wife of 30 years, Sallie, he is survived by his two sons, Eric and Neal; a son, Jeremy; one daughter, Tiffany, and her husband Carl, McGee; and one granddaughter A’na. He is also survived by his loving parents, Phyllis and “West”; a sister, Cynthia Evans, of Maryland; sister Ellen, and her husband Gene, Saunders of Moundsville; their children and grandchildren; and brothers Keath West of Wheeling and Damon Stewart of Bridgeport, Ohio; Sister-in-Law, Jane, and her husband Chris, Todd and their children.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and Valley Hospice’s Liza’s Place.
Relatives and friends will celebrate Chip’s homecoming at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel, 14th Street, Wheeling, W.Va., on Saturday, October 16, 2010, beginning at 5 until 7 p.m.