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Golie Cephas Bedillion
(1891-1964)

 

 

Golie C. Bedillion

Golie Cephas Bedillion was born on Oct. 17, 1891 in Amwell Township, Washington County, PA, the son of John M. and Catherine (Miner) Bedillion.

Golie married Mary Myrtle Donley (1893-1942), daughter of Felix and Sarah Jane "Jennie" (Durbin) Donley of Greene County, PA.

They had five children Helen Naomi Day, Donald Bedillion, Charles Keith Bedillion, Clifford "Wayne" Bedillion and an unnamed son who was three months premature and died at birth on Nov. 23, 1915. The baby was buried in Washington Cemetery.

Early in their marriage, Golie and Myrtle and their two eldest children lived with Myrtle's widowed mother on Broad Street in West Washington. Myrtle's 38-year-old cousin, Thurman Durbin, also resided in the home that year. Their address in 1915 was 386 Broad Street.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1930, the family made its home on East Beau Street in East Washington. That year, the 37-year-old Golie was listed as "salesman - insurance." Myrtle's widowed mother in law, age 76, also lived under their roof that year.

 

Chestnut Street in downtown Washington

 

Golie and Mary later resided at 133 Penn Street in Washington and were active members of the West Washington Methodist Church.

 

Obituary, 1942

The Washington Reporter said that Golie "spent his entire life in Washington. He worked for the Prudential Insurance Company for 25 years and then for William J. Warrick, Florist, until [1958]."

On March 2, 1942, Mary passed away at home at 133 Penn Street. She was just 49 years of age. She was laid to rest at Washington Cemetery.

Golie outlived her by 22 years, and died on Dec. 5, 1964 "following a lingering illness."

 

~ Son Donald Bedillion ~

Son Donald Bedillion (1917-2002) was born on April 2, 1917. He was married twice, first in 1940 to Jane Dediker. They had one son, Charles "Chuck" Bedillion. 

 

Observer-Reporter

During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy as a seabee in Okinawa, Saipan, Guam and Hawaii. Later, he was employed by Ward Printing and Jessop Steel in Washington, followed by work at Cooper Industries in Canonsburg, where he retired in 1984. Active in the community, he sang in the choir of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Eighty Four, Washington County, and was on the pastor nominating committee of the West Alexander Presbyterian Church. He also was a commander of the Washington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and the Edwin Scott Linton American Legion Post in Washington. 

Said the Washington Observer-Reporter, he "enjoyed traveling, singing and music." 

Sadly, Jane died in June 1985. Donald then married his second wife, Winnie King Hodgens, on Aug. 7, 1986. 

In his final years, Donald lived in Claysville, Washington County. He died at home at the age of 85 on Dec. 9, 2002.

Son Charles "Chuck" Bedillion ( ? - ? )

 

~ Daughter Helen Naomi (Bedillion) Day ~

Daughter Helen Naomi Bedillion (1919-2011) was born on Aug. 4, 1919 in Washington.

On Aug. 4, 1939, on her 20th birhtday, Helen married James Hiram Day ( ? - ? ) in Dunbar, Fayette County, PA by the hand of Rev. O.G. Cook. 

They had six children -- Stephen Day, David Day, Duane Day, Dr. Dennis Day, Linda Schmoyer and Barbara Day, and raised two nephews, William Bedillion and Clifford Bedillion.

The family resided for many years on Day Road in Amwell Township, near Washington.

 

Observer-Reporter, 1999

Said the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter, Helen "worked as a cashier and in the office at Sears for 20 years... [She] was a longtime member of Liberty United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, youth leader and organist. She also was a member of Chestnut Ridge Grange and AARP. She enjoyed shopping, her children and grandchildren and being a homemaker." 

James owned and operated a dairy farm in cooperation with William Bedillion.

In their later years, Helen and James were members of the Grace Brethren Church. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in 2010. 

Helen passed away at the age of 91 on Jan. 8, 2011 in Presbyterian SeniorCare in Washington. She was laid to rest in North Ten Mile Baptist Church Cemetery in Amity. At the time of her death, said the Observer-Reporter, she was survived by 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

~ Son Charles Keith "Tuffy" Bedillion ~

Son Charles Keith "Tuffy" Bedillion (1923-1997) was born on July 7, 1922. At East Washington High School, in the late 1930s and 1940, he made a name for himself playing football and basketball. 

 

Obituary, 1997

He served in the South Pacific Theatre during World War II, and later in the US Air Force, retiring as a sergeant. 

Circa 1968, he was stationed at the Stewart Air Force Base in Newburg, NY.

He moved to central Florida later in 1968 and married Angelina (?). They had one son, Carlos Bedillion. 

Charles died in Orlando on Dec. 2, 1997, at the age of 75. He was laid to rest in the National Cemetery in Bushell, FL.

 

~ Son Clifford "Wayne" Bedillion ~

 

Obituary, 1968

Son Clifford "Wayne" Bedillion (1924-1968) was born on May 23, 1924.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Said the Observer-Reporter, he was "employed by the Engineer Drafting Branch of the Defense Electronic Supply Center and previously worked for the government in Monmouth, N.J., following his retirement from the Navy after 10 years of service."

He married Vera Brady ( ? -1960), a native of Long Branch, NJ.

They produced three children -- Clifford James Bedillion, Charles Paul Bedillion and William Joseph Bedillion. The children were partly raised by Wayne's sister and husband, Helen and James Day.

They were members of the South Park Methodist Church of Dayton, OH. 

Clifford died in Dayton on Jan. 29, 1968, at the age of 44, following an illness of two weeks. 

Son Clifford James Bedillion (1954-2017) was born in about 1954. His home in 1968 was in Dayton, Montgomery County, OH. In about 1990, he married Sarah ( ? -living), and their marriage lasted for nearly 27 years until separated by death. They made their home in Gordonsville, VA, and belonged to the New Beginnings Pentecostal Holiness Church of Barboursville, VA. The couple's known children were Tony Armstrong, Deborah Maupin, George Marshall, Faith Marshall and Brandon Marshall. Clifford's working career of more than 35 years was spent as a long-haul truck driver. Said the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter, "He made friends everywhere he went and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was an active, hardworking member of New Beginnings Pentecostal Holiness Church." Clifford died in Gordonsville at the age of 63 on Sept. 21, 2017.

Son Charles "Chuck" Bedillion ( ? -living) made his home in Eighty Four, Washington County in 1968.

Son William "Russell" Bedillion ( ? -living) resided in Washington in the 1960s.

 

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