William (Bill) D Ely Sr,78 of Apalachin, died unexpectedly December 9, 2010. He was predeacesed by his parents Charles and Alice Ely; his wife of 33 years, Beverly J (Manley) Ely; brothers, Frank, Dewey, Donald, Richard, Charles Ely and brothers George and James Chandler; sisters, Lucy (Ely) Armstrong, Alice Chandler, and Louwela Chandler. He is survived by his children, Lou Holbert Chuck and (Bonnie) Holbert, Sheri-Jo Balschweit, Bill (Kathie) Ely Jr, and Rich (Deanne) Ely; grandchildren, Sean (Deanna) Teresa, Jason, Brad "Fred", Deniece (Greg), Tosha (AJ), Erik, Cassie-Jo (Danny), Kat, Corey (Breighanne); four great-grandchildren, Hunter, Haylie, Spencer and Ryan; two sisters Jean Moyer and Joyce Ford; brother-in-law, Harvey Manley; and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose#1595-Owego, Owego American Legion #401, Owego VFW Glenn Warner Post #1371, and Owego/Berkshire Senior Citizens. He was employed for 33 years at Fairbanks Valve, and retired from Hadco in Owego. He was a member of the NYS Country Music Hall of Fame and was a well known musician in the area for 60 years. He is also survived by his band members from the Country Connection, Bucky Moon, recently deceased, his wife Donna, Jerry Garrison and Julie, Bud Smiley and Pat, Billy Lincrum and Annamae, Dean Goebel, and Larry Bates. Funeral and Interment Services will be held Tuesday at 11AM from the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home Inc, St Rt 434, Apalachin. The Rev. Phil Jordan will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Candor in the Spring. The Family will receive friends at the Funeral home Monday from 6-8PM.In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Assn P.O. 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220, or to the Blindwork Assn 44 Hawley St, Binghamton, NY 13905.
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Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from December 11 to December 13, 2010