BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — Reverend Robert James Chenoweth Jr., age 87, of Barboursville entered eternal life Wed., May 21, 2014 at home.
Born Feb. 20, 1927, he was the oldest of four sons of the Rev. Robert James and Ola Edgell Chenoweth of Calhoun County. He was born in Akron, Ohio where his parents lived temporarily.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife of nearly 61 years, Wilda Evon Tenney Chenoweth; an infant great-grandson, Graham Albert Noe; brother, Asbury Webb Chenoweth, and sister-in-law, Lois Chenoweth.
Survivors include five children: Helen Evon (JR) Chapman of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mildred Ruth (John) Aluise of Huntington, Roberta Jean (Ron) Ferguson of Kenova, Robert James Chenoweth III (Becky) of Barboursville and David Law Chenoweth of Huntington; eight grandchildren: Dr. Karie Anne Barbour of Bridgewater, Va., Seth Alan Barbour of Troutman, N.C., Kory Allison (David) Noe of Chattanooga, Mendy Aluise (fiancé Jeff Chapman), John Michael Aluise, and Christopher Joseph (Sarah) Aluise, all of Huntington, Maggie Elizabeth Chenoweth of Barboursville and Ronald Morgan Ferguson Jr. of Kenova, as well as one great-grandson: Tate Owen Noe of Chattanooga.
Surviving siblings include Joseph Benjamin (Hazel) Chenoweth, David Eugene (Connie) Chenoweth and sister-in-law, Wanda Morgan Chenoweth. Additionally, he is survived by in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins whom he loved dearly; special friends, Kent Barbour and Rick Knight; and a host of wonderful friends who blessed and enriched his life and ministry.
Jim graduated from South Charleston High School in 1944. At the age of 18, he entered the ministry when appointed to serve as the pastor at Grace Methodist Church in Charleston. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Morris Harvey College in 1948. In 1951, he earned the Master of Divinity Degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Westminster, Md. While in seminary, he served churches in Pomeroy, Penn. and Hardy County, W.Va. Following ordination, he was appointed to the Methodist Church in Durbin, W.Va., where he met and married the love of his life, Wilda Evon Tenney. During 43 years in active ministry in the United Methodist Church, he also served at Wesley in Vienna (six years), Pineville (11 years), Highlawn in Huntington (nine years) and Nighbert Memorial in Logan (eight years) before retiring in 1989.
Jim preached thousands of sermons during his years in the ministry, but will be remembered for the sermons he lived. He demonstrated and taught God's love by precept and example daily. When diagnosed with serious illness, he exhibited the same courageous spirit and unwavering faith practiced throughout his life. He was a dedicated man of God, devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather, beloved brother, avid sports enthusiast (gifted deer hunter, chess and ping pong player) and active at Cross Roads United Methodist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir.
The family extends sincere appreciation to the wonderful staff and friends at Wyngate Senior Living Community, Hospice of Huntington and to Pastors David Cartwright and Bill DeMoss for their continued love and support.
Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by Cross Roads United Methodist Church or Hospice.
Celebration of life services will be at Cross Roads United Methodist Church Sat., May 24, at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Spring Hill Cemetery following the service.
Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Fri., May 23, at Chapman's Mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.chapmans-mortuary.com
Chapman's Mortuary of Huntington is in charge of arrangements.