William Alfred (Al) McCauley, beloved husband, father, father-in- law, grandfather, uncle and brother, dedicated public servant and devoted Christian, died April 25 at the age of 98. He was born in Burnsville, W.Va., the oldest of six children of John F. and Margaret Donaldson McCauley.
Al dedicated his life to public service. Following graduation from Glenville State College, W.Va., he began his career as a teacher. Later he became a rehabilitation counselor, working with adults with disabilities. After earning a master's degree from West Virginia University, he helped to establish and became the first director of a two-year graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at the same University. He later served as regional representative in rehabilitation for the Federal government in five states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He helped to establish the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, serving as its executive director until his retirement. He was a life member of the National Rehabilitation Association.
Al enjoyed fishing, wood working and researching family genealogy. He liked sharing his memories of growing up in West Virginia, which for 15 years were published in the The Journal of the Braxton County (W.Va.) Historical Society. His faith in Christ provided the guiding principles of his life. He was active in his church communities, most recently the First Southern Baptist Church. He supported numerous Christian organizations, and helped establish a non-profit corporation, Love in the Name of Christ, to provide assistance through local churches to those in need. He was an active member of Gideons International for over 40 years.
Preceded in death by his wife, Lola Smith McCauley, he is survived by son Dr. William C. McCauley (Bev) and grandsons, Jonathan and Evan; daughter, Jo Prouty (Bob) and grandson, Christopher; sister, Pauline Zeigler; and numerous nieces and nephews. Al will be greatly missed by family and friends, who feel fortunate to have had him in their lives for so long.
His family thanks caregivers at Hillside Assisted Living and Williamsport Nursing Home for their attentive care of Al while he lived there.
Funeral arrangements are with the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening April 29, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm. Reverend Kenton Hunt of the First Southern Baptist Church, 89 Kimble Hill Road, will officiate at the church funeral service on April 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Memorial gifts may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1081, Williamsport, PA 17701; First Southern Baptist Church, 89 Kimble Hill Road, Williamsport, PA 17701; or West Virginia University Foundation, Alfred McCauley Memorial, 1 Waterfront Place, 7th Floor, Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507.