Cecil Edward Shay, 92, of Charleston, formerly of Glen Dale, WV, joined Adele Marie Shay, his wife, who died March 18, 2012, in Heaven on June 21, 2014. Cecil passed away at Arthur B. Hodges Center, Charleston, surrounded by friends and family.

He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. Mr. Shay earned a Bronze Star in Italy in WWII and was a POW for the last 10 months of the war. Upon returning from the war, Cecil worked as an electrical engineer for American Electric Power. He later became the plant manager at Windsor, Kammer-Mitchell, Rockport and John Amos power plants. He retired in 1986 with Adele, his wife of 60 years. Born in 1921 to Martha and Edward Shay in Star City, WV, Cecil graduated from WVU College of Electrical Engineering and was a lifelong Mountaineer fan.

Cecil’s legacy includes: Daughter: Jane Shay McNeil and her husband: Mark Blair who live in Charleston and Jane’s two children: Elliott and Julia. Son: Edward Shay who lives in Palm Harbor, FL with his wife, Patricia Ross Shay, and their three children: Emily, William and Natalie.

The family would like to thank his private caregivers for their devotion, endless patience and love, especially Crystal Caruthers, Sue Hodge, Joyce Elswick and others.

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Everyone who knew the Shay’s knew that the United Methodist Church was the most important part of their lives, and their remains will be interred in Christ Church United Methodist Bell Tower Columbarium, Charleston, WV. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 15: 55-57) Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at lipz1220@ aol.com.