Benjamin J. Hickel, 75, of Spencer, WV, died July 23, 2002, in Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

He was born July 17, 1927, in Clover, WV a son of the late Waitman and Mary Ethel Holland Hickel. He was a former school teacher and a retired senior vice president, director of lending and board member of the First National Bank of Spencer. He was a charter member and elder of the Clover Community Church, a former member of the Roane County Board of Education and a charter member of the Journeymen Quartet. He was a member of Linden Lodge No. 83 AF & AM and Linden Chapter No. 152, Order of the Eastern Star. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Addelene Knopp Hickel; one daughter, Linda Taylor of Spencer; one sister, Faustine Shue of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Clarence "Stub" Hickel of Clover and Edgar Hickel of Dowling Park, FL; two granddaughters, Amy Wilson of Albuquerque, NM, and Andrea Bailey of Spencer; three step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Annette Hickel; one infant son, David Hickel; and two brothers, Donald and Kenneth Hickel.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2002, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer with the Rev. Leon Strickland officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to the Clover Community Church, 3753 Clay Road Spencer, WV 25276.