Wayne A. McCauley

Wayne A. McCauley, 94 years old, of Bridgeport, died at his home on August 5, 2021.

Wayne was born on June 28, 1927 in Astor, WV. He attended Flemington High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Salem College in 1953.

Wayne was a veteran. In 1945 he joined the Army Air Corps. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. He served honorably in the Army Air Corps and continued his service in the West Virginia Army National Guard, then in the Army Reserves, where he retired and rose to the rank of first sergeant. He served as an intelligence analyst and later as a military instructor. During his service, he was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Award, 2 Army Commendation Medals and the Army Service Ribbon.

After graduating from college, Wayne got into the insurance business. He was the owner of Alexander Stout Insurance in Clarksburg, WV, where he retired after more than 50 years.

Wayne’s experience in the army played a very important role in his life. He often spoke about the value of discipline, teamwork, and investing in something bigger than himself. He would often explain to loved ones how these values ​​have contributed to his business success. He was a founding sponsor of the National Museum of the US Army and his name is still on the entrance today.

Wayne was a strong man of faith. He has served in the Church, pastored several wards, and served as a moderator for the Union Baptist Association. Wayne was an avid reader, loved the outdoors, and loved traveling – especially to Fort Knox, Kentucky and North Carolina. Wayne was active in his local communities. He was a member of the Taylor County Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club, and was a member of the National Association for Uniformed Services, the American Legion, VFW, AMS, and the US Army Armor Center & Fort Knox Retiree Council, a 32-degree bricklayer’s late lodge # 63 AF & A.M. in Bridgeport and was a member of the Scottish Rite. He also coached the Bridgeport minor league for many years.

Wayne leaves behind his almost 70-year-old wife Virginia “Ginny” (Gibson) McCauley, daughter, Sheila “Shelly” Hooker, daughter-in-law Nancy Pence McCauley, and five granddaughters, Casey Lamb (Craig), Caley Rimes (Nick), Courtney Hawke (Cayman ), Sarah Elliott (Justin) and Meghan Burgess (Kris) and 15 great-grandchildren, with number 16 in November, a sister, Madalene Snyder, and many nieces and nephews. Wayne preceded his son Mark McCauley, who died on July 31, 2021, two sisters, Margaret Moore and Dorothy Bolyard, and a brother, Roland McCauley, in death.

Instead of flowers, the family is soliciting donations on Wayne’s behalf to the Elderly Care for Seniors in Taylor County at 52 Trap Springs Road, Grafton, WV 26354.

Friends will be welcomed to the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The funeral will be celebrated on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, chaired by Chaplain Justin Elliott. He is buried in West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, WV. The U.S. Army Honor Guard and Harrison County Honor Guard will conduct military rites.

Our condolences can be expressed to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com. The McCauley family has entrusted the maintenance and organization of the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV.


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