Willis William "Bill" Howard

ID#15, b. 9 June 1915, d. 26 December 2009
Father: James Alexander Howard
Mother: Sarah May Collins

Birth date: 9 June 1915
Birth place: Cameron, Marshall County, West Virginia.1,2

Bill married Ada Virginia West, daughter of Charles Oscar West and Mildred Susana Ryan, on 15 November 1949 at Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia. J. R. Harris, a minister of the Church of Christ, certified that he united them in marriage.1

Bill died at age 94 on 26 December 2009 at Garvins Lane, Ohio County, West Virginia. Although his obituary and funeral card might lead you to think he died at home on the family farm near Cameron, his final residence and place of death was in a trailer bought for he and the granddaughter who lived with him. The old farmhouse had become too delapidated to stay in for another winter, and Bill's failing health made the move to Garvins Lane inevitable. The trailer was located next door to his daughter and son-in-law.3,2

An obituary was published on 28 December 2009 The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register.2 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Willis W. Howard

HOWARD, Willis William "Bill," 94, of Cameron, W.Va., died Saturday, December 26, 2009 at home.

He was born June 9, 1915 in Cameron, a son of the late James A. and Sarah Collins Howard. Mr. Howard was a retired employee of Shadyside Industries, a member of the Cameron Church of Christ and a U.S. Army veteran of WW II.

Mr. Howard was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He was a faithful member of the Cameron Church of Christ, where he served as an elder for over 40 years.

His love for God and the scriptures was evident in his daily walk.

He also enjoyed his sawmill in his retirement years.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ada West Howard in 1993; a brother, Harold "Hank" Howard and two sisters, Louise Wayt and Lucille Ryan.

Surviving are two sons, Willis Wayne (Beth Ann) Howard of Cameron and George K. (Barbara) Howard of Moundsville; a daughter, Joyce (Randall) Cole of Wheeling, W.Va; six grandchildren, Pamela Howard, Kevin Howard, Jessica (Brian) O'Donnell, Sarah Cole, Seth Cole, Sabrina Cole; a great grandson, Scott White and his little dog Teddy.

Friends received 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, W.Va., where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday December 29, 2009 with Evangelist Don Cline officiating.

Interment in Salem Cemetery, Glen Easton, W.Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to the WV School of Preaching, Eastern Fourth Street, Moundsville, WV 26041 or the Salem Cemetery Fund., Salem Church of Christ, Glen Easton, WV , 26039.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.altmeyer.com"

[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Following a graveside service, his body was interred in the Salem Church of Christ Cemetery, Bowman Ridge, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia.2
Last Edited Date=12 Sep 2012


  1. [S1375] Marriage License for Willis W. Howard and Ada V. West, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130889_00127.jpg.
  2. [S637] Willis W. Howard obituary, The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register, Wheeling, West Virginia, 28 December 2009, online http://www.news-register.net
  3. [S9] Personal knowledge of Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.