Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 26, 2013

Robert Vance Auton

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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.