SELF WILLIAM RUSSELL, SR. "BILL"
78, of Bristol, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at his home. He was born in Franklin, PA on August 5, 1933, a son of the late James "Pete" Warren Self and Helen Louise (Martin) Self. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Ann (Moore) Self. Bill lived in Oil City, PA and Bethel Park, PA until 1984 when he moved to Bristol. He joined the Navy in 1953 and served as Fire Control Technician (electronics) on the U.S.S. Forreststal. He was an electrical engineer and had worked for Joy Manufacturing and Ingersoll-Rand. Bill was a co-founder of McCracken and Associates, and from 2009 to present, had served as president of William R. Self and Associates. Bill was a member of Saint Anne Catholic Church since 1984. He was very proud of his family and of his professional life. He had a great sense of humor, enjoyed a good game of cards with friends and family, and was a life long Cleveland Browns fan. He also enjoyed a spirited debate in the letters to the editor. William is survived by his daughter, Julia (Self) Stumpf and husband Richard of Atlanta, GA; son, William "Chip" Russell Self, Jr., and wife Lisa of Pittsburgh, PA; daughters, Debbie Self Hodson and husband Tom of Cincinnati, OH, Kelly Self of Bristol, VA, Suzie Self-Owens and husband Chris of Bristol, TN; sister, Barbara Ann Self Wright and husband Dutch of Rock Springs, WY; brother, James Martin Self and wife Jamie of Hollywood Hills, CA and Joseph Edward Self and wife Carolyn of Fairhope, AL; grandchildren, Corey and Ryan Hoss of Bristol, VA and Jack and Shelby Rose Self of Pittsburgh, PA. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2011 at St. Anne Catholic Church. The funeral mass will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Timothy E. Keeney officiating. A private entombment next to his wife will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at St. Anne's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Anne Catholic Church, 350 Euclid Avenue, Bristol, VA, 24201, or St. Anne Catholic School, 300 Euclid Avenue, Bristol, VA, 24201. Mr. Self and his family are in the care of BLEVINS FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES. Condolences for the family may be sent and viewed by visiting
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Dec. 15, 2011.