The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


May 8, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, May 9, 2013

Charles Hampton Atha Sr.

Charles Hampton Atha Sr., 78, of Oak Hill, died May 3, 2013, after a lifetime filled with laughter and love.

Charley was born March 20, 1935, in Powellton, son of the late Herbert Atha Sr. and Muriel Holt Atha.

As a child, Charley lived at Powellton and later the family moved to a farm on Saturday Road near Ansted. At the age of 16, Charley moved to Welch to work with his older brother, and it was at Roderfield Pentecostal Holiness Church that he met his wife of nearly 61 years, Sclean Blackburn Atha. They were married when he was 17 and she was 16.

Charley continued working with his brothers, Herb and Bob, for several years moving the family from Welch to Beckley and finally to Oak Hill. In 1968 Charley, Sclean, and their children founded Fayette Awning & Glass, Inc. Although Charley’s formal education ended at the third grade, he worked hard and is a shining example of what we can do when we work hard, put our mind to succeed, and trust God. The business is still owned and operated by the Atha family, and plans have been established for family members to continue the  business well into the future.

Charley was active in church since he was a young man and previously served as a Sunday school teacher, church clerk, and on the Pastor’s Council at Central Avenue Church of God (now Mountain View Church of God). Charley was active in the building program there and was part of the group of people that helped move the church from Oak Hill to Hilltop. He drew the first plans for the first church building there, and helped to establish Mountain View Christian School, where all three of his grandchildren attended school and where one of his great-grandchildren attends now. Charley was a member of Faith Community Church in Beckley.

Charley loved his family above all. His children were the joy of his life, and he loved nothing more than spoiling his grandchildren. He worked hard to make sure the family was taken care of and wanted for nothing, and has reached his eternal home knowing that his children and grandchildren were all successful adults, even making sure all three grandchildren had the opportunity to travel abroad studying or carrying the Gospel of Christ.

Charley and Sclean were blessed with two children who both preceded him in death and whom he has rejoined in heaven. Charley (C.H.) Hampton Atha Jr. and Deborah Lynn Atha James both earned their eternal reward in 2012 and have now been joined by their dad — probably at the rock that the family has talked so much about in the last year. Also preceding him in death are two grandchildren, Charlene Renee James and Jason Douglas James; his parents, Herbert and Muriel Atha; brothers, Donald Atha and Herbert Atha Sr.; sister, Libby Atha Smith; and mother- and father-in-law, Otis and Nell Blackburn.

Surviving: his wife of nearly 61 years, Sclean Atha of Oak Hill; daughter-in-law, Deborah Smith Atha of Oak Hill; son-in-law, Larry D. James of Oak Hill; granddaughter, Kristi Atha-Rader and husband Kris of Fayetteville; granddaughter, Tiffany James of Simpsonville, S.C.; grandson, Charley Hampton Atha III and wife Candice of Cleveland, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Madison Grace and Kristopher Brock Rader and Charles Bradford and Caitlyn Elizabeth Atha; a brother, Bob Atha and wife Donzella of Fayetteville; sisters, Mona Legg of Victor and Linda Atha of Florida; sister-in-law, Martha Atha of Beckley; sisters/brothers-in-law, Phyllis Jones, Claris and Vance Hayes, Wanda and Everett Bishop, and Sue and Kelly Muncy of Bluefield and Betty Hayes of Bristol, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held May 6 at Mountain View Church of God at Hilltop with Rev. Sam Peterson, Rev. Jason Lowe, and Rev. Rudell Bloomfield officiating. Charley was laid to rest at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill.

Memorial donations can be made to the building program at Faith Community Church, P.O. Box 773, Beckley, WV 25802.

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Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

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