The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 15, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, June 16, 2013



Donald ‘Don’ E. Howerton

Donald “Don” E. Howerton, 83, of Grandview, passed away June 10, 2013.

Don was born on January 30, 1930. He worked as a Safety Director for Armco/Peabody Coal, and attended Grandview Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Fern Howerton; son, Donnie and wife, Cindy Howerton; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Philip Maltempie; stepson and daughter-in-law, Steve and Belinda Thompson; grandchildren, Adam and Elizabeth Maltempie, John, Brady and Alexis Howerton, granddaughter Kara, and grandson, Benjie Howerton; and 5 Great-Grandchildren; six brothers and a sister; brother and sister-in-law, Vincent and Judy Shumate; mother-in-law, Virginia Shumate; many friends and family, and a family dog, Star.

Honoring Don’s wishes, there will be no service; his body will be cremated.

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Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Howerton family.


Charolette Murphy Huffman

Charolette Murphy Huffman, 83, formerly of Coal City, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, after a long illness.

She was born in Van Wood, W.Va., on July 22, 1929. She grew up in McDowell County, W.Va. She was a loving daughter, wife, sister and mother. She was dedicated to her faith having been saved in 1945 at the Iaeger Church of God. She was a faithful and hardworking member of the Coal City Church of God for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Iva Mae Lambert; brothers, Paul, J.C., and W.B. Lambert; sisters, Nina Ross, Evelyn Perry, Garnet Shaw, Phyllis LaFlamme, and Mollie Dawson; first husband, Wallace Murphy; and second husband, Raymond Carson Huffman.

She is survived by her son, Gary Murphy; her daughter-in-law Sheila Murphy; grandchildren, John Murphy and Emily Murphy; brother Ray Lambert; and sister, Maxine Bowles; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Family members would like to send thanks to the staff of Jackie Withrow Hospital for the excellent care that Charolette received while residing at their facility.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, for all family and friends at the Coal City Church of God, with the Rev. Clarence Lee officiating.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Coal City Church of God or the Salvation Army.


Clarice L. Sodder

FAYETTEVILLE — Clarice L. Sodder, 80, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Arrangements are pending. Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

Miles Monroe Vance III

Miles Monroe Vance III, 52, of Coal City died Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

Memorial service will be at a later date.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

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