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Council Basile Eugène

Basil Eugene (Gene) Board, 77, of Fairplain, died at his home on October 20, 2021 from metastatic colon cancer. Basil was born on May 17, 1944 to the Council of Gay, WV, Late Oris and Belma.

Basil served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He was a long haul truck driver for over 40 years, working for companies such as Kanawha Valley Oil, BPB / Timber Trucking, Sidney Smith, Inc., New River Trucking and Liquid Transport. During his years at BPB / Timber Trucking, he taught his wife, Debbie, to drive a semi-trailer on a HAZMAT tanker truck. Basil and Debbie worked for 10 years as part of a long distance team at Timber Trucking, Sidney Smith, Inc. and Landstar. In 2005, Basil returned to driving solo for New River Trucking and Liquid Transport before retiring in 2019 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Basil is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debbie Board of Fairplain and one daughter, Kara Board of Fairplain. Son, Richard (Terri) Council of Leroy, WV, Todd (Christina) Knopp of Clover, SC, John (Cassandra) Smith of Greenville, SC and David (Clarissa) Smith of Humboldt, AZ; grandchildren include, Miranda Board of Chillicothe, OH, Braden Board of Leroy, WV, Jeremy Knopp of Lake Wylie, SC, Autumn Board of Spencer, WV, Kody Kerns of Leroy, WV, Meredith Carlson of Clover, SC, Rebecka Johnson of Fredonia, AZ, Colby and Brianna Smith of Humboldt, AZ; Brother Tom (Kathy) Board of Gay, WV; sister Beverly Boggess of Parkersburg, WV and a bonus brother, Darrell Coon of Sandyville, WV; several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews survive in Basil.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Allen Ray Board; grandson Tyler Smith; sisters Bertha Brotemarkle and Diana Torres; Brother Bernard Board and his stepfather, Carroll Coon.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor Aaron Melhorn as celebrant. Interment will be in Fairplain Cemetery, Ripley. Friends can call from 12:00 p.m. until Sunday service time at the funeral home.

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