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Deaths of Former Congressman, Community Leader Sadden Many
Posted on: 04/15/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
Southeast Ohio lost a political leader and Marietta lost a community leader over the weekend. 
 
Former Sixth District Rep. Charlie Wilson died at age 70 yesterday of complications from a stroke he suffered in February. He died at a rehabilitation center in Florida, where he'd been vacationing when the stroke hit.
 
Charlie Wilson was a successful businessman in Belmont County, operating a furniture store and a funeral home. In 1996 he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. In 2004 he was elected to the Ohio Senate. Two years later he succeeded Gov. Ted Strickland as the areaís congressman, and served two terms.
 
The man who ousted Wilson in a hard fought campaign in 2010 and defeated him again in a rematch last year, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta), released a statement last night reading, in part, "Although Charlie and I were political opponents, we were never enemies. He served with honor in the state legislature and in Congress."
 
Wilsonís family asks that memorial donations be made to the Charlie Wilson Leadership Fund, Ohio University Eastern, 45425 National Road W, Saint Clairsville OH 43950. 
 
Funeral arrangements were pending at this time of this report.
 
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John Hadley of Marietta died at home on Saturday after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 69.
 
John Hadley proudly served the community as a funeral director for nearly fifty years. He was very active in civic, fraternal and Masonic organizations, and served on three terms on the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. He served as a founding member of the board of directors of Settlers Bank.
 
John Hadley is survived by his wife Barbara Lois Hadley; one son, Rob Hadley of Marietta; two daughters, Jamie Hadley Godsey of Reynoldsburg and Lois Virginia Beckman of Gahanna; a brother, Lee; and countless friends.
 
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Hadley Funeral Homeís Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike Street. Visitation will be all day Tuesday at the funeral home.
 
The family requests that any memorial donations be made in Johnís name to Nemesis Shrine Center, 244 Watson Road, Parkersburg WV 26102.  
 
Online condolences may be made at www.hadleyfh.com
  
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