Lawrence Austin Channels, 65, a resident of the Crystal Springs Community, Elkins, went home to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday morning, Sept. 14, 2013, at the Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Unit at Elkins with his family by his side, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Saturday, Jan. 3, 1948, at Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Walter Nelson and Eva Louise Wilmoth Channels. On Dec. 25, 1969, at Elkins, he was married to the former Patty Jo Mallow, who survives. They had celebrated 43 years of marriage.
Also surviving are two daughters, Melissa Jo Harman and husband, Gregory Scott "Scottie", of Gilman, and Lourie Michelle Hommema and husband, Brian, of Buckhannon; four brothers, Cecil Channels, Ray Channels and wife, Linda, and Ralph Channels and wife, Ellen, all of Elkins, and Floyd Channels and wife, Rose, of Parsons; one sister, Ann Schoonover, Elkins; four grandsons, Ryan and Ben Harman, and Brady and Brycen Hommema; one granddaughter, Skylar Harman; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are two brothers, Robert "Bob" and Earl Lee Channels; and two sisters, Betty Evans and one infant.
He attended Elkins High School and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving two tours in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969. He was a construction worker, having been employed by Hathaway's Construction, Channels Construction and Hutton Construction.
Lawrence was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved his grandchildren very much and enjoyed teaching them all about hunting and fishing. His family was his life. When he was not enjoying his time in the woods, he was hard at work in his garden. He was a member of the H. W. Daniel's Post 29, American Legion and the Landmark Baptist Church, where he was saved and baptized.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m., on Tuesday. Final Rites will be conducted from the funeral home, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Ken Shiflet will officiate and interment will follow at the American Legions Little Arlington Cemetery at Cravensdale, where the West Virginia Army National Guard, Honor Guard Program, the H.W. Daniel's Post 29, American Legion and the Tygarts Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct full military honors.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Unit, 169 Diamond Street, Elkins, WV 26241.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Lawrence Austin Channels. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.