Howard Ward "Stinkey" King, Sr., 74, of Murraysville, W.Va. passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
He was born in Huntington, W.Va., on Aug. 4, 1938, to the late Mabel W. and M. Ward King. He moved to Ravenswood as a small child. As a child, Stinkey was very mischievous so his mother gave him the nickname of "Stinkey". This is how most knew him and he lived up to his nickname on a daily basis.
Stinkey was baptized and saved as a young man at the First United Methodist Church in Ravenswood. He graduated from Ravenswood High School in 1956 and played high school football under Coach Jim Spano.
He was a Boy Scout with Troop 44 and attended the World Jamboree in Montreal, Canada, in 1955. Stinkey was a leader of Troop 43 in the 1970s and regularly attended Summer Camp at Camp Kootaga in Wirt County with the kids.
He helped start the Murraysville Mountaineers 4-H Club and had been a main component of making apple butter for almost 40 years. Stinkey started working at Kaiser Aluminum in 1957, in I & L and worked in various departments until his retirement in 1997 from Ravenswood Aluminum Corp.
Stinkey had been a member of the Operating Engineers 132-B and a loyal member of the Local Steelworkers Union 5668.
After retirement he enjoyed traveling to the Amish Country and spending time with his Amish friends, whom he considered family. Stinkey worked around his farm, liked attending auctions and helping raise his grandchildren. He was Trustee of Howell Cemetery for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel W. and M. Ward King, and brother, Jack L. King, a niece, and two nephews.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Thelma J. King; son, Howard W. King, Jr. and wife Lori; daughter, Celeste D. Hinzman and husband James, all of Murraysville; grandson, Derrick W. King, South Gate, Ky.; and granddaughters, Heather Goff and husband Danny, Parkersburg; and Sheridin and Veronica Hinzman. Stinkey is also survived by his sister, Joanne Abel of Parkersburg, and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Coleman Chapel in Murraysville, with Reverend Michael Curtis officiating. Burial will follow in Howell Cemetery, Milhoan Ridge, Murraysville, W.Va.
Friends may visit the family at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, W.Va., today from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and one hour prior to service on Saturday at the church.
Donations may be made to the local Amish School c/o Marvin Miller, Trustee, 3385 County Road 135, Millersburg, Ohio 44654.