Charles Ruhl Sigman, 87, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord with his family by his side and in the arms of his daughter on December 31, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House West in South Charleston after suffering esophageal problems and lung and respiratory failure.
The son of the late Emory and Amma Sigman, Charles was born in Widen, West Virginia on May 15, 1926. After graduating from Widen High School in 1944, Charles entered the Army Air Force and served his country in WW II. After an honorable discharge from the United States military, Charles enrolled at West Virginia University and majored in accounting. In 1950, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and built a successful profession as a public accountant and tax practitioner. His career spanned over 25 years.
In 1970, Charles established C. R. Sigman and Associates, a public accounting firm in Poca. In his practice, he specialized in corporate and personal income tax preparation, management consulting and other related services for small business clientele. Charles was the President of the West Virginia Public Accountants Association for two full terms, receiving the honor of Accountant of the Year in 1994. He held membership in the National Association of Public Accountants, the National Society of Enrolled Agents, and the West Virginia Board of Accountancy.
Charles was recognized as one of the developers of Putnam General Hospital (now CAMC Teays Valley Hospital) providing leadership as trustee for eight years. He was also a trustee for Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, as well as a director for the City National Bank in Charleston. Charles was honored by the Putnam County Fire Service Board as one of the organizers of the planning and advisory panel, dedicating three years as a member of the board of directors.
Charles served as a member of the Putnam County Building Commission, and he was actively involved in the Nitro Masonic Lodge #170 AF & AM, from which he received a certificate and pin honoring fifty years of membership. In addition, Charles was a member of the First Baptist Church of Nitro.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Louise Wilfong Sigman, his brother, Robert W. Sigman, and his sister, Marie Spencer.
He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Louise Sigman Yeager and her husband, Kevin of South Charleston, and his brother, Ralph E. Sigman, Sr., and his wife, Beulah of Ripley.
A celebration of Charles’ life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Nitro, 2200 2nd Ave, Nitro, WV 25143 with Pastor David Bess and Pastor Archie Snedegar officiating. Entombment with Military and Masonic rites will be in Cunningham Memorial Park Mausoleum, St. Albans. The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2002 20th St., Nitro, WV 25143.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Salvation Army, 301 Tennessee Ave, Charleston, WV 25302.
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