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W.Va. man dies after accident

March 26, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

W.Va. man dies after accident

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Family and friends will gather today at a funeral service for a Bunker Hill man who died Monday from injuries resulting from an auto accident last week.

J. Theodore Sensel's son, Tevis Sensel, 59, said he got to say goodbye to his father before he lapsed into a coma Monday and died.

"He was a wonderful man and a gentle man and he loved everybody," Tevis Sensel said. "He was an excellent father and grandfather."

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Theodore Sensel, 84, was injured in a two-car accident on U.S. 11 near Nadenbousch Lane at 4:30 p.m. March 19, according to West Virginia State Police.

The vehicle driven by his wife, Lillian Sensel, 84, was traveling north when another driver pulled in front of her to turn onto Nadenbousch Lane and the two vehicles collided, police said.

The other driver, Cam Brannon, 21, of Inwood, W.Va., was charged with failure to yield the right of way, police said.

Brannon and two children in the car were treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., and released.

Theodore Sensel and Lillian Sensel also were taken to City Hospital.

Tevis Sensel said his father sustained chest injuries. His mother had a broken ankle.

Both were wearing their seat belts and their air bags deployed in the accident, he said.

Lillian Sensel remained hospitalized Wednesday, but was expected to be released to attend her husband's funeral, Tevis Sensel said.

The funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, to which Theodore Sensel belonged for more than 50 years, Tevis Sensel said.

Theodore Sensel, who retired from Thorn Lumber Co. and had worked as a building contractor, helped oversee the construction in the late 1950s of the addition on the church where Sunday school classes are held.

He also worked with the Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Club in the construction of a pavilion at Musselman Middle School.

Woodworking was a hobby and he frequently was called upon to help make repairs at the church or to assist neighbors, Tevis Sensel said.

He also would patiently teach carpentry skills, Tevis Sensel said.

"Over the course of time, he developed a lot of friends that way," Tevis Sensel said.

Theodore Sensel grew up on North Mountain and at age 15 went to work at a tile company, hauling tile from the kiln in wheelbarrows.

A brother's girlfriend introduced him to Lillian McCauley and the two of them were married in 1935.

After that, he worked for Thorn Lumber Co., retiring at age 75, Tevis Sensel said.

During World War II, while five of his brothers served overseas in the military, Theodore Sensel served on the local Civil Defense team, Tevis Sensel said.

At any age, it is difficult to lose your father, Tevis Sensel said.

"There will always be a void there," he said.

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