The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 1, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013


Rev. Garlen H. Howington

For now I am ready to be offered; my time of departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7

Rev. Garlen H. Howington, 84, of Beaver, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord November 28, 2013, at the Bowers Hospice House. He resided at the Villages of Greystone in Beaver.

He was born in Burdine, Kentucky, and was the son of the late Guard and Bertha Cooper Howington.

He graduated from high school from Jenkins, Kentucky, and then went on to serve in the Army during the Korean War where he served as a chaplain. After completing his duty in the service he graduated  from Appalachian Bible Institute; he also graduated from Concord College and also attended Morris Harvey. He was a member of the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, he was on the staff of Appalachian Bible Institute, and served as chaplain at the Pinecrest Sanitarium and the Salina Police Department in Salina, Kansas, for 40 years.

He pastored three churches in his 51 years of ministry, Grace Gospel Church in Beaver, Salina Bible Church, and Fellowship Baptist Church both in Salina, Kansas.

He married his college sweetheart Dorothy J. Berry in August 1956; to that union they were blessed with three children.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by beloved wife of 52 years Dorothy J. Howington who passed in July of 2008; also preceding him are his brother Roy Cooper and his sisters Eula Short, Kathleen Webb, Evelyn Dameron, and Mary Cantrell. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Those left to carry on his legacy of ministry include his children: Sarah Adkins and her husband Rev. Doc of Beckley, Rev. J. Scott Howington and his wife Charlene of Wheaton, Illinois, and Suszanne Bowles and her husband Clarence of Lanark. He was blessed with five grandchildren: Amy L. Deborde and her husband Dave, Allison L. Adkins, Bethany Engelkeimer and her husband John, Jessica Adams and her husband Jason, and David Howington, and also blessed with 3 great-grandchildren.

Services celebrating the life and ministry of Rev. Howington will be held Monday, December 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Beaver with his pastor Rev. Steve Gibson officiating. Following the service he will be laid to rest with full military honors at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Pallbearers will be Roy Damron, Paige Ward, Mark Anderson, Steve Mooney, C.D. Hunt, and Greg Chapman.

Friends may gather with the family from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday evening at Blue Ridge Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the Villages of Greystone, for helping Garlen feel like Greystone was his home, his special care givers, Raleigh General SICU staff, and Dr. Paul Oar, for his guidance. The family offers a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Bowers Hospice House, who cared not only for our Dad, but for us as well.

Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting

Arrangements are in the care of Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive. Beckley, WV 25801.

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