William Mushet

William Davidson "Bill" Mushet

Sunday, April 12th, 1936 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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William “Bill” Davidson Mushet, 83 of Wellsburg, WV, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Weirton Medical Center.

Bill was born on April 12, 1936 in Windsor Heights, WV. He was the son of the late Alexander Black Mushet and Isabella (Davidson) Mushet.

Bill retired after 42 years of service from Stone Container. He was granted a patent from the US Patent Office for the making of paper bags. Bill was a member of the Wellsburg Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon. He was Past Master of the Wellsburg Masonic Lodge #2 and Trustee; Past Eminent Commander of Wheeling Commandery #1 - Knights Templar, Wheeling, WV; Most Excellent Grand High Priest of West Virginia, Royal Arch Masons; Wheeling Union Chapter #1 – Royal Arch Masons; Anointed Holy Order of High Priests; Sovereign Master – Allied Masonic Degrees, Martinsburg Council #359; Worthy Celebrant – Masonic Rosicrucians, Martinsburg, WV; Ohio River Council #63 (Ohio) - Knight Masons of Ireland; WV Council #7 – Knight Masons of the United States of America; Preeminent Governor – Fort Henry York Rite College #61, Wheeling; Past Grand Pursuivant of the Grand Lodge of WV, A.F. & A.M.; Past Worthy Patron Wellsburg Chapter #23, Order of the Eastern Star; Past Grand Representative to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island near the Grand Chapter of WV, Order of Eastern Star. He was the first to serve as Past Master, Past Commander and Past High Priest in the Wellsburg Lodge #2. He was also member of the Wellsburg Elks and Moose. Many will remember Bill for his multi-engine pilot license and was a pilot for Governors and Congressmen. He was a bagpiper with the McDonald Pipe Band, and he enjoyed of hunting, fishing and golfing.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his three siblings, Henry “Harry” Mushet, Elizabeth Ashbrook and an infant sister.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Shirley (Beagle) Mushet; a daughter, Beth Anne (John Jr.) Abram; a granddaughter, Makayla Abram; all of Wellsburg, WV; a sister, Margaret Daily of Short Creek, WV; a niece, Sharon (David) Flamini, who was cherished like a daughter; Holly Johnson (niece) along with numerous other nieces and nephews, friends, Shriners, Masons and bagpipers.

Per Bill’s final request, family and friends will be received on Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 2:00-6:00 PM at the Chambers Funeral Home, Wellsburg, WV (304) 737-3551. Please note that limited access and social distancing will be in place during visitation. If you are unable to attend or not feeling well, please consider sending a card or leaving an online condolence. Private funeral service will be held with Pastor Frank Haas, officiating, along with a bagpiper.

Interment will follow at Kadesh Chapel Cemetery, Beech Bottom, WV with graveside rites to be conducted by Wellsburg Masonic Lodge #2.

A public memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate his life after the health crisis is over.

Please add or view condolences, photos and stories at www.chambersandjames.com
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, March 29th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Chambers Funeral Home
    1030 Main Street
    WELLSBURG, WV 26070
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Please note limited access and social distancing will be in place during visitation, if you are unable or not feeling well, please consider sending a card or leaving an online condolences.
  • Service

    Chambers Funeral Home
    1030 Main Street
    WELLSBURG, WV 26070
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private funeral will be held with Pastor Frank Haas, officiating, along with a bagpiper and Masonic rites conducted.
    Pastor Frank Haas
  • Interment

    Kadesh Chapel Cemetery
    Apple Pie Ridge Road
    WELLSBURG, WV 26070
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


  • Elks Lodge
  • Moose Lodge
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Royal Arch Masons
  • Shriners


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Lynn Franke

Posted at 03:39am
Shirley, Hard to believe it's been over 30 years since I worked with you all at Westvaco. I remember both of you fondly. Kind and gentle giant are two words to describe Bill. I was astounded by all of his activities. He will be sorely missed. I know my dad would have comforting words for you if he were still here. May you and your daughter find comfort and peace in your memories.
Lynn Dehnkamp Franke


Josh Schrader

Posted at 04:14pm
Condolences from the Schrader Family (Josh/Alaina/Piper, & Cathy). Bill was a great man and Mason and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and family in this most difficult time. We express our deep regrets that we couldn't come to the funeral.

Gary Donaldson

Posted at 07:50pm
I can only start at the beginning, Bill and I met at the Grand Chapter of OES in Fairmont years ago. Bill bagpiped me into Grand Chapter and I wore the coat of many colors, as I portrayed Joseph. We immediately took a liking to each other.
After a group of us guys decided to travel to Scotland and England, I called Bill, who was in Florida, to go with me as my travel companion. Bill said he would love to go, but must say no as he had broken his collar bone in a motorcycle accident. We hung up and he called me back within a few hours, he just had to go, but he would need me to carry his luggage. I said that was no problem at all. When we got to London, I was carrying Bill’s luggage, my luggage, and Past Grand Master William O. Wyndham’s luggage. After toting this luggage through Scotland and England, I was nicknamed “The Brawny Lad”.
Bill and I spent the rest of our lives traveling and vacationing together. We have been to the Crown Jewels of England, and of Scotland, too many Palaces, Cathedrals, Churches, Historical Places, Pubs, Beaches, Parks, Airports, Chapels,, Abbeys, Crypts, Ancient Artifacts, etc, than I can remember. We have been to the Grand Lodge of England and the Grand Lodge of Scotland. We traveled the Highlands of Scotland, the Lowlands, and the middle, as well as the east coast and the west. We have drank in every pub on the Royal Mile, not once, not twice, but many times. We have always been there for each other, sometimes to hold the other up. Bill also helped me when I was having my first kilt made in West Calder.
Gracie and I would spend weeks at Bill and Shirley’s winter house in Florida, and their house in Wellsburg. And Bill and Shirley would stay with us in Weston and winter with us at our spot in Murrells Inlet. EveryYear, we would spend time together in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and in the fall we would go Graceland in Elkins. Basically, we have traveled throughout the Eastern USA and the British Aisles together. When we couldn’t be together, Bill or I would call the other and go over my itinerary, Bill didn’t want me to miss out on anything on my travels, as Bill was widely traveled and very knowledgeable.
We never ended a phone call or a conversation without saying “I Love You”.
I have seen tears in Bill’s eyes for all 3 of his loves, Shirley, Beth Anne, and Makayla, and Bill professed his love for each, many times.
Because of the quarantine, we won’t be able to attend your funeral. But Gracie and I will visit your resting place as soon as possible, and bring our best Single Malt, to give you a proper “Goodbye”.
I tried to keep this short, I could go on forever. Good bye my Dear Friend, and as if you couldn’t tell, you are more than just my friend, you are my Brother. From the Brawny Lad to Wee Willie, I truly Love You.
Gary Donaldson

Bill Morrison

Posted at 06:09pm
We were devastated to hear of Bill's passing to a higher service. He was a fine man, so kind and friendly and he always made us most welcome when we visited Wellsburg. We had some memorable times with him, particularly in the company of the many excellent members of the various orders Bill belonged to.
Bill was a gentleman, in the truest sense of the word, a gentle man, and I don’t think I can remember him saying a bad word about anybody, and I certainly can’t remember anyone having a bad word about him.
It has been my pleasure to have known Bill for nigh on 24 years, and I will personally remember his generosity of spirit, and his unfailing support for the visiting Scottish Brethren throughout that time.
The old expression “Jack of all trades, master of none” certainly didn’t apply to Bill, because he was a Past Master on two separate fronts. Firstly, our beloved Craft Freemasonry, and secondly, the craft of making people happy by providing wonderful entertainment, both of which he excelled at. One of his greatest virtues was that, while he was usually the star turn, he was quite happy to provide accompaniment on the bagpipes while others sung their songs, whether good or bad, as long as there was sufficient lubricant to hand, which, invariably, there was.
Bill meant a great deal to everyone, and he was held in such high esteem, that it really just reminded me that, paradoxically, it wasn’t Bill’s height that made him a big man in the Lodge, it was his stature in and around the Brethren that enabled him to stand head and shoulders above the crowd.
People are divided into two categories, those who give and those who take, and as we turn the page and close a chapter in our history, no one can be in any doubt into which category Bill falls.
Posted by Bill & Janette Morrison, on behalf of all the Scottish Brethren, and their ladies, who have had the pleasure of knowing Bill Mushet over the years. Lang may his lum reek.

Jo DeWitt

Posted at 09:31am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Shirley. May God's peace and comfort surround you all.
Love, Ron and Jo Ann DeWitt

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