William A. Annable, of Middleport, entered into the Presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at his home. Mr. Annable was born in Johnson Creek on February 10, 1931, son of the late William L. and Ruth (Costello) Annable and he had lived in the Middleport area all of his life. He and his wife, Jeanne R. (Tamlin) Annable, were married on August 1, 1953, at the Hartland Baptist Church and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2003.
Mr. Annable was a graduate of Royalton Hartland School in 1948-Post Graduate 1949. He played on the 1948 Section VI Class B Championship team. Mr. Annable attended the University of Buffalo 1949-1951, on a basketball scholarship. College was interrupted by the Korean War. Mr. Annable served in the US Coast Guard from 1951-54 as a Hospital Corpsman Petit Officer 2nd Class. He served in the Coast Guard Reserve attaining the Rank of Lieutenant.
He graduated from the University of Buffalo with a teacher's degree in 1954-56. He also served on the Niagara County Sheriff's Department in 1956 and taught at Royalton Hartland as a Physical Education teacher, and later he taught Health and Biology at Barker Central School for a total of 31 years, retiring in 1987. Mr. Annable served as President of the Barker Teacher's Union, was Athletic Director, coached basketball, track, and in 1972 coached the basketball team to Section V Class C championship. Mr. Annable also served as Town of Hartland Supervisor for 34 years, 1978-2011.
He was a longtime member of the Hartland Bible Church serving as Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent, and was presently attending the Community Fellowship Church in Johnson Creek. He was a member of the Internation Gideons, a member of American Legion Post 1253 in Gasport, was a former Chairman of the Town of Hartland Republican Party, Niagara County Republican Executive Committee and a former Chairman of the Niagara County Water District. Mr Annable received the Niagara County Republican Party Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Mr. Annable enjoyed his family, especially vacationing with his his family in the Adirondacks. He was happiest when he could help other people.
He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne R. Annable on December 1, 2003; and by a brother, Joseph R. Annable in 1934. He is survived by his children, W. Ross Annable (Audrey Jones), Jeffrey S. (Darcy) Annable and Maureen G. (Richard) Brown, all of Middleport; two sisters, Kaye Overbye of Connecticut and Carol (William) Hussey of Middleport. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; and brothers-in-law, James (Ann) Tamlin of Saugus, MA, and George Tamlin of Middleport.
Friends may call on Thursday and Friday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, and Saturday from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Community Fellowship Church, Johnson Creek Rd., Middleport, where funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM, with the Rev. Floyd Finch officiating. Members of American Legion Post #1253 of Gasport will meet at the funeral home Friday at 9:00 PM. Burial will be in Hartland Central Cemetery. Memorials to Gideons International, P.O. Box 276, Lockport, NY 14094, or the Community Fellowship Church, Johnson Creek Rd., Middleport, NY 14105, would be appreciated by the Annable family.
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