William H. "Bill" Reay Sr.

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William "Bill" H. Reay Sr., 91, DuBois, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at his home.
Born Nov. 3, 1924, he was the son of the late Thomas and Annetta (Smouse) Reay.
Bill married Mary "Mitzi" Bepler on Nov. 22, 1957, in Luthersburg. She survives.
Bill graduated from the DuBois Area High School in 1943. As a young man, Bill began working for the Courier Express in 1942. He retired from the Courier after 50 years, serving in various capacities as the advertising manager, general manager, and credit manager. Bill was active in numerous newspaper associations, including: board member of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association, president of the Keystone West Publishers Association, a member of the North West Sports Writers Association, and as a member of the Keystone West Publishers "Hall of Fame."
Well-known as a "toast master" and public speaker, Bill was a soloist, having performed in most area churches for over 45 years. He was a member of the "Board of Experts" that was heard on WCED for 40 years. Bill was a member of First United Methodist Church and served in various positions, such as a member of the Administrative and Council of Ministries, former Sunday school superintendent, church treasurer, and the former president of the men's fellowship.
As the former mayor of DuBois from 1990-2000, Bill was very active in the community and political affairs. Bill served the DuBois Lions for 60 years (president from 1955-1956) and was the former president of the DuBois Booster Club. His love for the city of DuBois sports teams was apparent, as he served as the former director of the DuBois Little League, former president of the Junior League baseball, business manager of the old DuBois Chiefs (now Rockets), and managed baseball and softball teams. As a sports enthusiast, Bill enjoyed playing ping-pong competitively and was active in the Metro Bowling League for over 60 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two grandchildren, William Reay III of DuBois and Stacy Reay of Reynoldsville, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Reay Jr.; brothers, Edwin, Tim, Jack, Robert, and James Reay; and two sisters, Louise McFall and Betty Nelson.
Friends and family will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Adamson Funeral Chapel, Inc. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 11, at the First United Methodist Church in DuBois with the Rev. Lance Tucker officiating. Interment will be in Morningside Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 100 W. Long Ave., DuBois, PA 15801 or to the organization of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.adamsonfuneral.com.
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Published in The Courier Express from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2016