Derald Dalton

Derald Gay “Fanbelt” Dalton, 74, of Morgantown, passed away  Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born in Morgantown on July 14, 1944, the son of the late Wilbur Ray and Lucille Shaw Dalton.

Gay was a truck driver for most of his life. He was a man who refused to take life too seriously, and he brought joy and laughter to every gathering. He enjoyed bowling and has been on several leagues over the years. He loved summertime, when he went fishing and to dirt track races, where he was known to be a loud and vocal fan of his favorite racer, his nephew, Nolan.

Gay is survived by and will be deeply missed by his companion, Patricia Thomas and her family; son, Willis R.; grandchildren,  Allen, Chasity and Willis Dalton; brothers, Gerald Dalton and Merle Dalton and his wife, Mary; sister, Carol Lantz and husband, Gail; and  nieces and nephews, Nolan Dalton and wife, Cheryl, Michael Lantz and companion, Theresa, Elizabeth “Liz” Dalton and Carrie Dalton.

Friends family will be received at Hastings Funeral Home, 153 Spruce St., from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21,  from 4-8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. Friday, March 22,  until the 11 a.m. service with the Rev. Lynda Masters officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family at


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