The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 7, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013


Seay Howard Earehart

Seay Howard Earehart, age 78, of Beckley, passed away at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Born on June 18, 1935, in Covington, Va., he was the son of the late Charles Houston Earehart and Juanita B. Andrews Earehart.

Mr. Earehart devoted his career in the automobile industry. He was the former president and owner and operator of Beckley Toyota and Volvo, Howard Earehart Inc., Pontiac-Buick, GMC and Jeep in Oak Hill, was the former vice president of Earehart Automotive Group and Earehart Inc. Most recently he was the retired owner and operator of Earehart Motors Preowned on Johnstown Road. He was a member of the American Business Club, and was a member of the Family Worship Center. Mr. Earehart was a former deacon of the church and was a member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Club. He was a former member of the WV Auto Dealer’s Association, and was one of the most respected auto dealers in West Virginia.

Mr. Earehart had served on the Board of Directors of Theatre WV, and was a member and supporter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In his younger years, he was a former Cub Scout leader.

Mr. Earehart was preceded in death by brothers, Dillard, Charles “Charlie” and William “Bill” Earehart, and by sisters Norma Dakos and Lyda R. Tingler.

Surviving wife of 58 years, Alma Walters Earehart; sons, Seay Howard Earehart Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., Michael Wayne Earehart and Charles Houston Earehart II and companion, Janet Meador of Beckley.

A brother, Andy Earehart and his wife Pat of Beckley; three sisters, Betty Daniel of Beckley, Virginia Spencer of Covington, Va., and Juanita G. Hines and her husband George of Rome, Texas. One grandchild, Nicholas Earehart and his wife Suzanne of Boiling Springs, S.C.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life of Howard Earehart on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Family Worship Center, Pinewood Drive, Beckley, with Pastor Stacy Dingess officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family at the church from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Earehart, David Earehart, Reed Epperly, Mike Prunesti, Barry Clyburn, Johnny Rakes, Larry Smith, Hank Tingler.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Pack, Orville Setliff, Marvin Lively, Howard Riffe, Andy Moscarity, David Hill, Dick Klaus, Don Windon, Arnest Lilly, CY Williams, Darryl (Peanut) Holley.

Private online condolences, floral tributes, and other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family via our guestbook at

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley.

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