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William "Bill" DeLaney, believed to be the first African American car dealer in the Pittsburgh area, died peacefully at his home Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. He was 99 years old. DeLaney, a native of Staunton, Va., founded, owned and operated the former DeLaney Motors on Route 8 for 38 years. DeLaney was approved to be one of the first Renault dealerships in the mid-70s. He retired and sold the dealership a decade later. The name is still in use. Bill was an original shareholder of the former Northside Deposit Bank and was involved in numerous civic and business associations. His hobbies included stained glass, classic car restoration and traveling around the globe. He leaves to mourn his wife, Susan Frazier Clark DeLaney; daughter LaVada "Punkin" DeLaney Wade, of Kearneysville, W.Va.; stepsons, Melvin Clark, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Michael Clark, of York, Pa.; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen, and three oldest children, Danny, Shelly DeLaney Lewis and Johnny.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel (Monroeville), 101 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 271 Paulson Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, c/o William Claude DeLaney Scholarship Fund.
Published in Times Express from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2017
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