Charles R. Furner, 81 of Sycamore Shaw Road, Salem, WV went home to be with his Savior on Friday, October 20, 2017 after a brief illness.
Charles was born in Wolf Summit, WV on September 22, 1936 to the late Paul Furner and Mildred (Huff) Furner. He is survived by his step-mother Alberta Furner of Greensboro, NC. Also proceeding him in death brother Paul “Tom” Furner and sister Myrna Hyde.
He is also survived by his bride of 61 years Faye (Law) Furner, son Jeff Furner and wife Sheila of Wolf Summit, WV, daughter Tandra Freed and husband Steve of Bridgeport, WV, grandchildren Sheresa Berke and husband Jim of West Union, WV, Joe Furner and wife Stacy of Jarvisville, WV, Stephanie Furner of Wolf Summit, WV, Hollie Vaughn and husband Dan of Weston, WV, Hope Bailey and husband Tim of Clarksburg, WV, Matthew Freed and wife Jessica of Hurricane, WV, Mark Freed and wife Amanda of Bridgeport, WV Sarah Freed and Daniel Hill of Bridgeport, WV, and 21 Great-Grandchildren. Also surviving Sister Martha Abraham and husband Richard of Reynoldsville, WV and Sister-In-Law Patricia Furner of Pittsburgh, PA and several nephews and nieces and many friends.
Mr. Furner grew up on a dairy farm before becoming a member of the United States Army Reserves, and a former member of the Harrison County EMS. He was the founder of the Gospel Crusaders Quartet and recorded two albums. He worked in the Insurance industry for over 37 years starting out at Farm Family and then stepping out by faith in a partnership with Jay Wolfe to start Wolf-Furner Insurance. He cherished his wife and modeled for his family what a marriage should look like. He loved his children and grandchildren and never allowed an opportunity to pass without embracing them and telling them how much he loved them. He loved his church and was a faithful member of Bible Baptist Temple directing the choir for over 37 years. In May 2014 he became a central part in the start of Hope’s Point Baptist Church where he was a charter member. Most of all, Charles loved his Savior. He would awake in the early hours of the morning to pray for the people that he loved and commit to memory Scripture that would help him share the Gospel of Christ more effectively. He loved to tell people about Jesus and wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to share that good news to everyone he met. He made a positive impact on everyone he came in contact with.
Family will receive friends on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Hope’s Point Baptist Church, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV 26452 from 2-6 p.m. Following the Visitation on Monday Funeral Services will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Church with Pastor Dan Vaughn officiating. Interment will be private at the Coplin Cemetery in Salem, WV with Pastor Charles Madaus presiding over Graveside Services. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in Memory of Charles R. Furner to The Missions Fund at Hope’s Point Baptist Church, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV 26452. Words of Comfort and memories may be shared at stockert-paletti.com.
The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, WV feels privileged to support and assist the Furner family in honoring their loved one.