In Memory

Albert David Bledsoe Tieche* - Class Of 1980

Albert David Bledsoe Tieche, 46, of Beckley, formerly of Los Angeles, Calif., died at home with his family at his side on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, after a courageous battle with liver cancer. He was born in Beckley on Oct. 30, 1961, the son of Albert McCulloch and Phoebe Anne Bledsoe Tieche. He was the grandson of the late Dr. Albert Updyke and Florence McCulloch Tieche and the late Dr. S. Monroe and Wanda Campbell Bledsoe, all of Beckley. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, Phoebe Tieche-Herring of Beckley; sister, Nancy M. Tieche of Beckley; brother and sister-in-law, Albert Updyke Tieche II and Jennifer Hartsog Tieche of Madison, Tenn.; niece, Taylor Tieche, and nephew, Samuel Tieche, also of Madison; family caretaker and beloved friend, Norma Jean Stover of Beckley; a large extended family, many loving friends and faithful canine companion, Wendell. David attended Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, and graduated from The Hill School, Pottstown, Pa., where he received two special music awards, and from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. He was well-known in the Beckley area for his appearances over many years in Theatre West Virginia’s summer productions, “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Honey in the Rock” and annual musicals. He also performed the lead in The Charleston Light Opera Guild’s “42nd Street,” appeared in “La Cage aux Folles,” and sang with the West Virginia Symphony Chorus. In 1990, he established West Virginia State Musical Theatre and produced and directed “Oklahoma,” “The Music Man,” “Baby” and “Peter Pan” at the Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium. Other professional work included shows with San Gabriel Civic Light Opera, the television series “Thirty Something,” the John Sayles movie “Matewan” and print and television ads. Some of his favorite roles included Jordan Marsh in “42nd Street,” the title character in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Harold Hill in “The Music Man” and Jonse Hatfield and Sen. John B. Floyd in TWV shows. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Beckley, where he sang in the choir for many years. He was also a pianist, and sang and played for weddings and funerals in the Beckley area and for the enjoyment of his family and friends. A celebration of life will be noon Monday, Dec. 31, at First Presbyterian Church, Beckley. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may call at the church at 11 a.m. prior to the service. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Tieche home at 851 Dry Hill Road. Pallbearers will be Chucker Lucas, Scott Milne, Robby Moore, James Caldwell, Tim Waugh, Tobias Smith, Seth Smith, Paul Smith, Tom Susman, Jim Way, Jason Bassett, John Hutchinson, Chad Hutchinson, Henry Price, Curtis Tabor, Trey Taylor and Andrew Caldwell. The family suggests that contributions in David’s memory be made to Beckley First Presbyterian Church, Beckley Hospice, Theatre West Virginia, Beckley Area Foundation or the Humane Society. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at Melton Mortuary, Beckley, is in charge of arrangements