The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


July 11, 2012

Obituaries - Thursday, July 12, 2012

Howard Mitchell ‘Mitch’ Canterbury

Howard Mitchell (Mitch) Canterbury, 61, died peacefully July 8, 2012, after a long illness.

Mitch was born April 8, 1951, in Montgomery, son of the late Howard and Nellie Kearns Canterbury. Mitch also was preceded in death by his sister, Bobbie Gail Canterbury.

Mitch had a lifelong career in law enforcement which started in November 1976 when he joined the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. He retired as Chief of Detectives May 2001 after 25 years of service.

After retirement, he served as Police Chief for Ansted from May 2001 to November 2003 and then as Police Chief for Mount Hope from November 2003 until December 2008.

In January 2009 Mitch returned to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to serve as Chief Deputy under his close friend and newly elected Sheriff Steve Kessler. He held this position until February 2012.

Mitch was an avid wildlife enthusiast. He probably walked most of Fayette County during his life — from hunting squirrel as a boy and later deer, turkey and bear as an adult. However, his passion was bass fishing. He was one of the founding members of the Hawks Nest BassMasters Club and he loved to fish competition tournaments.

Surviving: his wife of nearly 14 years, Kristin Jones Canterbury; daughters, Michelle Ann Canterbury of Montgomery, and Chris Elaine Cagle of Salinas, Calif.; granddaughter, Savannah Elaine Cassidy of Boomer; sisters, Louetta Koch and husband Tex of Ansted, and Carolyn Koch and husband Bob of Ansted; numerous nephews, nieces and close friends that he considered family. He will also be greatly missed by his beloved bullmastiff, Gus.

Arrangements are being made by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Fund.

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