Charles Newton Howes of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at the age of 84. After several months of declining health, he died peacefully in his sleep.
Charles was born in Magoffin County on July 29, 1936, to father Charlie Howes and mother Elizabeth Caudill Howes. Charles didn’t have the opportunity, or desire, for much formal education, and instead began helping out on the family farm at a very young age.
Charles married Alta Howard in 1956 and recently celebrated their 64th. wedding anniversary. The couple had three children, Glenn Douglas (Doug), Charles Michael (Schnauzer) Howes, and Belinda Gay Howes Greene. Charles spent his career working as a carpenter and traveled wherever necessary in order to provide for his growing family. These travels took him and, many times, his family, throughout the Appalachia and Ohio but he always made his way back to Lick Creek, just a rock’s throw away from his childhood home. He finished his carpenter career at Continental Conveyor & Equipment.
In retirement, Charles loved watching his Matins fly around, cruising around on his four-wheeler, serving as a self-designated foreman on any farm building projects, listing to stories about his great grandchildren, adding to his ever-growing gun collection, watching black and white westerns, and reading his Bible. Charles was a committed Deacon at Lakeville Freewill Baptist Church for many years and could be spotted in the front pew whenever the church doors were open.
Charles is survived by a large family, including his loving wife Alta, son Doug Howes and wife Paula, daughter Belinda Greene and husband Geoffrey, and son Mike Howes and wife Neysa.
Grandchildren surviving Charles include Christopher Douglas Howes and his wife Rebecca, Kenneth O’Neil Salyer and his wife Malana, Amanda O’Bryan and her husband Joshua. Logan Howes and his wife Breanna (Punky), and Colton Howes and his wife Tiffany. Great grandchildren surviving Charles include Emilia Howes, Jude Howes, Reece Salyer, Reagan Shea Salyer, Cooper O’Bryan, Camden O’Bryan, Lennox Howes, Gunner Howes, and Bennett Howes. Charles is also survived by his nephew, Phillip Estep.
He is preceded by his parents, Charlie and Elizabeth, siblings Catherine Estep and Irene Elam, and nephew Bobby Joe Estep.
The family held a private graveside memorial service on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at the Toy & Delphia Howard Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Magoffin County Funeral Home.