“Christopher Gene Wilfong, 35, of Bridgeport, went to his Heavenly reward on Monday afternoon, June 8, 2015, at his residence. He was born in Clarksburg, son of Gary Wilfong and Katrina Creak Wilfong, who survive in Bridgeport.

Also surviving is his girlfriend of the last five years, Chelsie Watson.

He is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Geneva Wilfong, one brother, Sgt. Gerald Edward Wilfong and his wife Loreen of Fort Lee, VA; three nieces, Alyssa, Michelle and Trinity Wilfong; one nephew Ryan Wilfong and one on the way; and also his aunts and uncles and a host of cousins. He also leaves behind many close friends especially Ryan Dieringer, Frank Annese and Chris Eneix.

Chris was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Elenore and Maurice Creak and his paternal grandfather, Raymond Gerald Wilfong.

He was a 1998 graduate of Bridgeport High School and received his Associates Degree in Aviation Maintenance from Fairmont State University. He was employed by Pratt and Whitney for ten years as an airplane mechanic. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved racing four wheelers and riding his RZR side by side. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered as a man who was always willing to help other people and had a smile on his face.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Chris’s memory to the Monroe Chapel United Methodist Church CGW Fund, 773 Bisetown Road, Lost Creek, WV 26385

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 4-8 pm. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:00 am with Reverend George Bramble, Reverend Brian Boley and Reverend Bob King presiding.”

I am proud of Frank and his friends for stepping up to the plate and beyond for Chris with his ALS diagnosis. It is a story that should be shared. I’m getting my questions together to interview the guys.

Update: on the questions from the guys…it may be a while before I feel they are comfortable to be interviewed.

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