Wilbur Claude Hayhurst, age 90 of Oakdale, WV passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at his residence.
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He was born on October 28, 1929 in Wyatt, WV, the son of the late Wesley Gail and Oatta Babe Looman Hayhurst.
Sisters, Edna Weatherholt of Parkersburg, WV and Lorene Sands of Stanton, VA. survive Claude. Additional survivors include: daughters Claudia Sue Hayhurst Morgan and Julie Hayhurst Pearse and son-in-law Ronald D Pearse. Grandchildren, Clarissa Morgan Faby and spouse John Faby, Russell (Rusty) Lee Morgan and companion Brandy Haught, Alisha Ann Knight Arnette and spouse Junior Arnette, Alexander (Alex) Herndon Pearse and Gabriella Eden Pearse. Great Grandchildren, Cora Faby Gum and spouse Dalton Gum, Abigail Brooke Faby, Jami and Mason Arnette. Great-Great Granddaughter Evie Sue Gum.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Martha Sue Hall Hayhurst, siblings Everett Dale Hayhurst, Lennie Lee Hayhurst Gooden and Don Leon Hayhurst.
Claude enlisted for military service as a marine and served his country in the Korean War. He worked as a mechanic at Barrack Motors in Fairmont for 3 years and soon after joined Carpenter's Local 236 in Clarksburg, WV. The remainder of his employment Claude worked for G.A. Brown & Son Contractors in Fairmont, WV.
Claude, Papaw, Uncle Claude, Mr. H, he answered to all these names and more. He was a meticulous, hardworking man with a wide variety of hobbies and skills such as hunting, fishing, avid reader, hand-made muzzle loading rifles, craft beer making and teacher of his skills and knowledge to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. At the age of 71 he designed, drew up the floor plans and helped build his granddaughter and her husband's home.
He was the last of a generation of men who grew up during the depression with nothing to their names but a determination to work and to work hard every day of their lives. As described by his Great Granddaughter, "He's not the hugging, lovey, let me kiss your boo boo kind...he's the dry the tears, let me pull the stinger out of your foot and we'll eat a Klondike Bar on the porch after it's out kind"
The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Vasicek of Fairmont for his compassionate and enduring care these many years, Morgantown Medical Hospice for their recent assistance and Janie Gooden Shaw for the many nutritious meals. She kept Uncle Claude's freezer well stocked.
A small graveside memorial will be held on July 25th at 1:00 pm at the Oakdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or a charity of your choice.