Walter Chester Showen Jr.
March 29, 1927 – January 29, 2020
Walter C. Showen, Jr. went home to be with the Lord January 29, 2020, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Mammoth, West Virginia on March 29, 1927, he lived his formative years in Porter’s Creek, WV along the bank of the Elk River until his family moved to Nitro, where he graduated from Nitro High School. Like many of that era, Walt enlisted in the United States Navy for service in World War II, where he served as a Gunner’s Mate on the USS Finch in various campaigns, including the Pacific Theatre. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, from Morris Harvey College and married Charlotte Morton – the mother of his two children. After earning his degree, he began a 37-year career with Columbia Gas Transmission, where he served in various capacities, including Manager of Budgets for operations. During his working years, he found time for activities such as the Fort Scammon Lion’s Club, Junior Achievement and performed his civic duties as an Election Day Polling Place volunteer for many years. Walt was a gifted singer, and used his talents to serve the Lord in various church choirs throughout the Kanawha Valley. He served as Choir Director at Lower Falls Baptist, Big Chimney Baptist, and as music director for various evangelistic services. As an outdoorsman, Walt enjoyed hunting and fishing in the mountains of WV with his family. He also enjoyed family trips to the beach and tending to his family farm in Roane County. He loved his church family at Oakwood Baptist, where he faithfully served in many capacities, and continued to lead services into his nineties. Most of all, he loved his family and encouraged them in their own faith journeys. Leading by example, he lived a Christ-like life, teaching that all things are possible with God. He loved sharing his faith with others, and touched countless lives through his acts of kindness. Years after the passing of his wife, Charlotte, he met and married Deloris Brannon in 2006. Walt and Deloris shared many happy years together and had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land, which was a lifelong desire of them both. Walt is preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, of 42 years, parents, Walter C. Showen, Sr. and Vernie Zane Showen, son-in-law Norman Kristic, Jr., sister Fran Goodall, and brother-in-law Johnny Goodall. He is survived by his wife, Deloris Showen, daughter, Kimberly Showen Kristic, son, Walter C. Showen, III (Kathleen Merton Showen) stepson, Gerald Brannon (Julia) ; grandchildren, Norman Kristic, III (Amy), Paige Kristic, Ashley Showen Harmon (Matt), Austin Showen, Kristin Showen Austin (Joshua), Ashley, Khloe and Ben Brannon, and Colin Withrow. The family wishes to thank the nursing staff and doctors at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division for their compassionate care to Walt during his time there. Additionally, the family wants to thank the members of Oakwood Baptist Church for their love, friendship and aid over the years. As our father would exclaim: “You can’t out-give God.” In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Oakwood Baptist Church or The Norman Kristic, Jr. Scholarship Fund at University of Charleston (please call 304-357-4849 for details). Visitation 2:00 – 3:30, February 2, 2020 at Oakwood Baptist Church, Charleston, West Virginia, with celebration of life following at 3:30. Military graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Upper Chapel at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, WV. The Reverend David Moutz will officiate.
- Deloris Showen, Wife
- Kimberly Showen Kristic, Daughter
- Walter C. Showen III (Kathleen Merton Showen), Son
- Gerald Brannon (Julia), Stepson
- Norman Kristic III (Amy), Grandchild
- Paige Kristic, Grandchild
- Ashley Showen Harmon (Matt), Grandchild
- Austin Showen, Grandchild
- Kristin Showen Austin (Joshua), Grandchild
- Ashley, Khloe and Ben Brannon, Grandchildren
- Colin Withrow, Grandchild
- Preceded in death by wife, Charlotte, of 42 years, parents, Walter C. Showen Sr. and Vernie Zane Showen, son-in-law, Norman Kristic Jr. and sister and brother-in-law, Fran and Johnny Goodall.
- Visitation Sunday, February 2, 2020
- A Celebration of Life Sunday, February 2, 2020
- Graveside Service Monday, February 3, 2020
Walter Chester Showen Jr.
February 4, 2020
Dear Kim and Showen Family, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy at the passing of your dad. You are in my thoughts always, but especially at this sad time. May happy memories and your loving family guide you to peace. Love you, Lisa McCracken
February 3, 2020
Only good memories associated with Brother Walt. As a
teenager, I remember him when he, on furlough, came to services at the newly established Grace Baptist Temple in St. Albans. His father was one of the first deacons at the church. I remember Walt and Charlotte at services in various churches in the area. My favorite memories are when he, and Deloris, traveled with me and about 40 others on a 10 day Bible Land Study Tour to Israel. Great travelers and companions. The two of them, as the oldest travelers, were quickly "adopted" and watched over by everyone. Now, he is gone from us. Heaven is more attractive today, The reunion will be grand! glenn and fleta mathews
February 1, 2020
Our condolences. Fair winds, and following seas, Mr. Showen (USN). To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. Such a good man, who touched many lives. You are truly missed. Rest in eternal peace.