Eugene C. West, Sr.

June 17, 1926 - March 17, 2023

06/17/1926 - 03/17/2023

Past Services

Visitation
Saturday March 25, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-0330 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday March 25, 2023
1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-0330 | Directions

Mr. Eugene C. West, Sr., aged 96, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 17th at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling, WV. He was born in Smithfield, Ohio on June 17, 1926, the son of the late Margaret Ellen West Harris and Thomas Harris. He was a World War II veteran, having served honorably as a staff sergeant in the United States Army.

For decades he was a professional waiter and bartender, beginning his career at the prestigious Fort Henry Club in 1947. He also held positions at the McLure Hotel and Wheeling County Club, where he was head bartender. Mr. West’s private clients included the socially prominent of his time. He was a distinguished and respected presence overseeing the most elegant holiday parties and events. He was a master bartender, a hospitality professional, an engaging conversationalist, and a knowledgeable history buff.  Mr. West was also employed by Wheeling Housing Authority as a maintenance worker from 1977 to 1987.

In addition to his parents, Mr. West is preceded in death by his devoted wife of 70 years, Phyllis; a brother, Virgil; sisters Ruth and June; sons Eugene (“Chip”) and Damon; son-in-law, Joseph Evans; grandchildren, Shawn Evans and Ellicia Saunders. Surviving is his son Keith of Wheeling; daughter Cynthia (Evans) of Adelphia, MD; daughter Ellen Saunders (Gene) of Moundsville, WV; grandsons Mike (Laurie) of Charleston, WV, Eugene Saunders Jr. of Colonial Heights, VA, Evan of Jacksonsville FL, Eric and Neal West of Wheeling, and Jeremy Jones of Winston-Salem, NC; and a grandaughter, Tiffany McGee (Carl) of Columbus, OH. He is also survived by fourteen great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, four nephews, and two nieces.

The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to Nurse Edye and the entire staff and administration of Good Shepherd Nursing Home for their warm and compassionate care of Mr. West.

Services will be held at on Saturday, March 25th at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 14th and Eoff Street, Wheeling, WV. Visitation will begin at noon, with a 1 pm service, Reverend Yvette Taylor of Wayman AME Church officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Wayman AME Church, 1136 Eoff Street in Wheeling.

Mr. West’s arrangements are under the care of Altmeyer Funeral Homes, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, WV  .

 

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Debbie West
10 months ago

Ellen and Family, I am so truly sorry to hear about the passing of your Father.
You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time!

Alma Terrell
10 months ago

My prayers and condolences to the family!

Barbara Paul
10 months ago

Cynthia, Ellen & Keith: Your Dad was blessed with a long life, leaving a beautiful legacy behind. I have nothing but fond memories of Mr Gene, back when we were young growing up. So sorry I can’t be there at this difficult time, just know I am holding you all close in my heart. Love you and continue to be blessed.

Landers Bonenberger
10 months ago

I had the privilege of knowing “Mr. West” for many decades through my father.He was a true gentleman who always brought a smile to my face when we would greet each other at events. May his soul rest in peace. Lanny Bonenberger

Smith Lillian
10 months ago

Deepest condolences on the loss of your father.Keeping you and your family in prayer.

Lou Zimmerman
10 months ago

Ellen: Sending Condolences on the death of your Father. I am so sorry. You may not remember me, but I was a Volunteer at OVMC when you was a telephone. May your Faith in God get you and your Family through this episode in your life. Your friend,
Lou Zimmerman
290 Woodlands Way #9
Calabash, NC 28467

Janice Holland
10 months ago

My sincere condolences to Ellen and the family in the passing of her father, Mr. West. I am praying that God will comfort you all.

Gwendolyn Moss
10 months ago

Condolences to the West family. You all will be in my prayers during this most difficult time. Mr. Wes was a very distinguished man he will be missed.

Sincere condolences from Gwennie (Morrow) Moss & Family

Yvette Taylor
10 months ago

Dear Sister Ellen,

Take comfort in the fact that you took such loving care of your father. There is a special promise according to Exodus 20:12 for you. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Your family is in Chuck and my prayers.

Love,
Rev. Yvette

MARILYN ROBINSON PHILLIPS GARDILL KAISER & ALTM
10 months ago

Rest in Peace Eugene. I remember him well from events at the Ft. Henry. What a wonderful man.