Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Obituary Archives

July 26, 2013

Robert Vance Auton

BLUEWELL — He was the third child born to James H. Auton and Ellen Osborn Auton of Coaldale, WV. Robert was a Bramwell High School graduate of the Class of 1965. He was a retired coal miner, having followed in the footsteps of both grandfathers, father, brother, and many other family members.

Robert was a member of First Baptist Church of Bluewell, where he attended for several years. He was a kind and humble servant to the Lord.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by great grandparents Sampson and Martha Taylor; grandparents Stanley Osborn and India Taylor Osborn, Stanoak Auton and Lena Nunn Auton; brothers, James Stanley Auton and Sherman Lee Auton, Sr.; and a half-sister, Teresa Auton Nuchols.

Robert is survived by his wife of 31 years Charlotte Akers Auton; son Bobby Wayne Auton of Bluefield; daughter Penny Auton Justice, husband Anthony, and Granddaughter Grace of Brushfork; sisters Betty Farmer Bircham of Yadkinville, NC and Vivian Snyder of Bluefield, WV; stepson Mikel Egnor of Montcalm, WV; stepdaughter Becky Gills of GA; and nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home with Rev. James Milam and Rev. Donnie Dinger officiating.

Friends may call on Friday from 1-2 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cravens-Shires Funeral Home to help offset funeral expenses.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.


Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • Smith Thomas Carr Smith Thomas Carr

    MONROE, N.C. — Smith Thomas Carr, age 37, of Monroe, NC, formerly of Rocky Gap, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 following a tree accident on his job.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Iris O'Quinn McClanahan Iris O'Quinn McClanahan

    ABINGDON, Va. — Iris O'Quinn McClanahan, age 81, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Grace Health Care.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norma J. Meadows Norma J. Meadows

    POUNDING MILL, Va. — Norma J. Meadows, age 84, of Pounding Mill, Virginia entered into eternal rest in Abingdon, Virginia on Thursday, April 17, 2014 after an extended illness.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — James (Jimmy) Joseph Groten, age 24, of Bluefield, VA, passed away, April 14, 2014.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harry Edward Kight Harry Edward Kight

    DEEP CREEK LAKE, Md. — Harry Edward Kight, age 89, of Deep Creek Lake, MD and Severna Park, MD, passed away on April 15, 2014 in Severna Park.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr. Kenneth Dean Jackson Sr.

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — Kenneth Dean Jackson, Sr., Bluefield, VA, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Henry French

    BLAND, Va. — John Henry French, 66, of Bland, VA went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

    April 18, 2014

  • Ruth Wyatt Sluss

    BLUEFIELD, Va. — Ruth Wyatt Sluss, 80, of Bluefield, Virginia passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, West Virginia.

    April 18, 2014

  • Natalie Kirby Viars Natalie Kirby Viars

    PRINCETON — Natalie Kirby Viars, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Serenity Place, located on Browns Ridge Road, Lerona.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dennis Ray  Lawrence Dennis Ray Lawrence

    Dennis Ray Lawrence, 62, of Lewisburg, WV, formerly of Weyanoke, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo