The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 4, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, April 4, 2014

Rev. Charles Baylous ‘Doodle’  Arbaugh Jr.

ALDERSON — Rev. Charles Baylous “Doodle” Arbaugh Jr., age 90, of Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 29, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea, W.Va., following a short illness.

Born October 15, 1923, in Alderson, W.Va., he was the youngest son of the late Charles B. and Mattie Micheline Arbaugh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard Arbaugh, John Arbaugh, and Herbert Arbaugh; an infant sister; his grandson, Jack Wayne Surgeon Jr.; and a nephew, Jackie Wickline.

Rev. Arbaugh started working at the age of 16 for the H. Frazier Company at Fort Spring, W.Va., where he retired as general manager after 57 plus years of service, having only missed three years of work during this time, to serve his country in the United States Army. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the European Campaign for three years. He entered the service on September 7, 1943, and received his basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. He served in France, Belgium, and Germany and was the recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, with two battle stars, the Army of Occupation Medal for Germany, the American Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He was a member of Tri County Memorial VFW Post 6723, Alderson, W.Va.

Rev. Arbaugh was a charter member of the Alderson Church of the Nazarene, Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, since 1954, where he served as Sunday school superintendent and also served on the official board of the church. He organized the Peterstown Church of the Nazarene in October 1958 as a result of a tent revival. He voluntarily pastored for 20 years at Peterstown, Marlinton, Hinton, Gap Mills, and Alderson, W.Va., Nazarene Churches. Rev. Arbaugh enjoyed farming with his son. They raised and showed shorthorn cattle as R-Bar, Inc., competing on the state, regional, and national levels. He was also an avid WVU football fan.

“You are gone, my darling, but you will always be in my heart,” Mary Elizabeth Wickline Arbaugh.

Survivors include his childhood sweetheart and loving wife of 72 years, Mary Elizabeth Wickline Arbaugh of Alderson; a son, Charles R. Arbaugh of Alderson; a daughter, Chita Surgeon of Alderson; a granddaughter, Katrina Alderson and her husband, William, of Alderson; two great-granddaughters, Katelynn Alderson and Alyssa Alderson of Alderson; very dear friend, Nury Castillo of Alderson; three nephews, Dickie Arbaugh and his wife, Paula, Melvin Arbaugh, and Wayne Bryant; five nieces, Joan Arbaugh, Wanda Carr, Jo Carol Whitely, Karen Arbaugh, and Linda Lewis; and many other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Alderson Church of the Nazarene, Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, with the Rev. Ernie Farmer and the Rev. Paul Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the Phillips Family Cemetery on Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson, where military funeral honors will be conducted by the West Virginia Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Friends may call Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alderson Church of the Nazarene, Muddy Creek Mountain, Alderson.

Serving as pallbearers will be Sonny Phillips, Joe Baker, Terry Boggess, Lonnie Spencer, Arlan Martin, Joey Deem, Charlie Parker, and Bob Martin.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Gary Farren and Bones Baker.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

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