Howard Allan Hair

HAIR, Howard Allan, 94, of Weirton, WV, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Valley Hospice Care Center North, Steubenville, OH.

He was born Nov. 15, 1919, in Dunbar, PA. The son of the late Charles D. and Mabel Hardy Hair. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Charles W. Hair and David R. Hair; sisters, Doris Zorn and Nina Stillwagon.

After working 45 years as a carpenter, Allan retired from Weirton Lumber Company in 1981. He was an expert craftsman and completed work on many local projects, including the pulpit and backdrop at the First United Methodist Church, pulpit at the First Christian Church, various interior woodworking projects at local banks and businesses, and a personalized executive desk for the then President of Weirton Steel, Jack Redline. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters for over 70 years, an active member of the First Baptist Church of Weirton, serving as a Deacon Emeritus and past finance chairman. Allan was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having proudly served his country during World War II in the Pacific Operations, where he was First Sergeant in the 153rd Engineering Construction Battalion.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Elsie Whitmoyer Hair; son, Scott Hair (Debbie) of Parkersburg, WV; daughters, Darla Phillips (Jon) of Weirton, WV, Janet Newbrough (Francis) of Lady Lake, FL; five grandchildren, Emily Hair, Elliott Hair, Kerri Phillips, Francis Newbrough, Stephanie Howley; one great-grandson, Wyatt Howley, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 4-8 p.m. at the Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 380 Penco Road, Weirton, WV, where the funeral will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Donald Dague presiding. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens with Military honors provided by American Legion Post No. 10 and the WV Honor Guard.