Mr. Euel W Estep

July 31, 1924July 17, 2014
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EUEL W. ESTEP HUDSON – Euel W. Estep, 89 of Hudson went home to be with his Lord on July 17, 2014. Born on July 31, 1924 in Big Ugly, WV, he was the son of the late Herston and Minnie Duty Estep. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Euel loved to sing bluegrass gospel and was a member of Crossroads Trio. He retired from Chapmanville High School after seventeen years, and was loved by all the kids at the school. Euel was a veteran of the US Army and served during WWII. At his nursing home he was known as the best dressed resident as he had an outfit for every occasion/holiday. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven brothers and two sisters. Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Frances Estep; children, Linda Clanton of Cleveland, TN, Indialyne Pinto and husband Ray of Titusville, FL, Connie Ketter and husband Gene of Gallatin, TN, Joe Estep and wife Cindy of Charlotte, Sarah Stafford and husband Jimmy of Hudson; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 3 PM at Catawba Funerals & Cremations with Rev. Jeff Burkhimer officiating. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1- 3 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mountain Grove Church, 2485 Connelly Springs Rd, Granite Falls, NC 28630. Condolences may be left at Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations are providing professional services to the Estep Family.


  • Visitation Monday, July 21, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 21, 2014

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Dick Pergram

July 26, 2014

Goodbye old friend. Hope no one else ever kicked over your bucket of paint. You were always patient with the kid across the creek! Rest in peace.

July 24, 2014

Frances & Family: We are sorry for the loss of your beloved Euel. We went to church with you a few years ago at the Shining Light Baptist Church. Euel always was so upbeat and he will be missed by all who knew him. May God give all of you peace and comfort during this very difficult time.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Virlen & Elsie McNeely

Chapmanville, WV

Raamie Barker

July 23, 2014

One of my dads closest friends and a good friend to me...always funny always by your much we all loved him...and what a God given blessing to have known and enjoyed him..,my love and prayers are with him and his family...Raamie Barker

Alden Meade

July 22, 2014

Sorry about the passing of Mr. Estep. We certainly loved him while he was at CHS.

Eleanor Collins

July 22, 2014

I am a niece of the late Fletcher Shag Barker, my mother, Julia's brother.. Somehow, I feel like I knew Mr. Estep and also mrs. Estep. Maybe through my cousins. Anyway, I wish to express my sincere condolences in your loss. From the pictures, he seemed such a happy person and shared that with his family. Prayers are with you at this time

Estep Michael

July 22, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. He was a wonderful Uncle and he will be missed. Michael & Karen Estep

Nancy Earls

July 21, 2014

I look back at the times I stayed at Sarah's house and remember how much Euel would pick with her and it would make my laugh. I even remember him make me smile when I saw him at school. I am glad to say this "girl from Barker Fork" can look back at childhood and say I am very glad I knew Euel Estep. All my love and prayers to all the family.

Jeri Lynn Adkins

July 21, 2014

Uncle Euel was the sweetest man, and so funny. I always loved being around him. Sorry we can't be at the service to pay our respects. Love and prayers to all of you from Marlene & Earl's family.

Ted and Marlene Ellis

July 21, 2014

Frances, so sorry to hear about Euel's passing. We lost a best friend who brought a lot of joy to others. Thanks so much for the phone call. Our prayers are with you and the family.

July 21, 2014

What a fun and happy man he was...and this world will surely miss him. To Francis and children, grandchildren, my deepest sympathies. Love & Prayers to you all. Janie Addair Casto


      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Mr. Euel W Estep. He was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Euel was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

      Euel was born on at his home in Lincoln County, WV. He was the son of Herston & Minnie Estep. Euel was raised in Hainer Branch, West Virginia. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Euel was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Euel's personality throughout his life.

      Though Euel was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Euel was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Euel worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Euel was raised with eight siblings. He had two sisters, Dana & Marlene and six brothers, Buster, Harold, Deaver, Teddy, Gerald, and Ralphie. Euel and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Euel was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Euel was always tactful. One thing Euel will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Euel had a number of interests and was an active child. Euel took part in basketball and horseshoes. In his spare time he liked to enterain others and make people laugh.

      For Euel, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Euel was also adept at details. Euel was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He graduated from Chapmanville High School in 1942. He enjoyed some courses more than others, his favorite class was math. In that day in time finishing school was an accomplishments in itself.

      There was one thing that all of Euel's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Euel was such a popular person throughout his life. But Euel was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Euel was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Euel was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Euel was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Euel was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Euel made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Sammy Garrett, Darell Garrett, and his brothers and sisters. Later in life, he became friends with Joe Pridemore, Smiley Hensley, Roy McKinney, Wetzel Beckett, and Troy Bryant.

      Euel was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. Euel cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On November 27, 1966 Euel married Frances Lee Hitt in North Augusta, SC. Compassionate and devoted, Euel worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Euel and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Euel was blessed with five children, one son, Joe Estep, four daughters, Linda Clanton, Indialynn Pinto, Connie Ketter, and Sarah Stafford. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Jimmy, Vicky, John, Jamie, Aaron, and Adam. Euel was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Euel was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Euel would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Euel, and he expected the same from those around him. Euel was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Euel was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Euel handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was Head custodian at Chapmanville High School. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      Blessed with a practical nature, Euel was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. He was a man who took his obligations seriously, working well with the others in his unit. Euel was an Army Veteran. He was in the Battle of Bulge. Euel saw action for WW II. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private.

      A methodical man, Euel enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were flea marketing, gardening, taking care of pets, and gospel singing.

      Euel was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Euel was always enthusiastic and a great team player. Euel also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were boxing.

     His keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Euel to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because he was outgoing and worked well with others, Euel did his fair share of volunteer work. And he wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. He was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout his later years, Euel was an active member of the American Legion.

      Euel was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. He was appreciated and respected. He could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about his own values and beliefs. Politically, Euel was a Democrate.

     His high moral standards and traditional values served Euel well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. During that time, he was sang in a Gospel Trio and in the church choir. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

      Not only did Euel enjoy traveling, but he also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favorite places. Favorite vacations included traveling to visit family.

      Euel was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. He had several dogs, Lucky, Pooh Bearm Snoozy, Baby, and Comanche. His family was rounded out by his Kitty Katt.

      Since it was easy for Euel to meet and get to know new people, he quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once he met those new friends, he loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since he was practical and cost effective, Euel was ready when that day to retire finally came in April, 1987. In retirement, he found new pleasure in active in church, gardening, making apple butter with church family, and taking care of his pets. Even in retirement, Euel stayed in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered him.

      Euel passed away on July 17, 2014 at Frye Hospital. Euel fought a brave fight against complications of Alzheimers. He is survived by his wife Frances and his children. Services were held at Catawba Funeral Home. Euel was laid to rest in Catawba Memorial Park.

Euel was always a kid at heart. He loved singing his gospel music. He also enjoyed playing with the kids, from board games to riding sleds in the snow and pulling them up and down the "hollar" on the sled. He loved life and making new friends of which he had many.

      Euel was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Euel was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Mr. Euel W Estep.