McClaugherty, Charles Allen

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Charles Allen McClaugherty, 92, of Narrows, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at his home. He was born in Narrows on June 23, 1921, and was the son of the late Charles Peck and Harriett Carr McClaugherty.

In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Hettie Lou Coburn McClaugherty; two brothers, Harry McClaugherty and Frank McClaugherty; a sister, Helen Jones; a son-in-law, Ron Johnson; and a great-grandson, Jake Stafford.

Left to cherish his memory are two daughters, Ann Johnson of Princeton, West Virginia, Joy Stewart and husband Steve of Charlotte, North Carolina; one son, Robert Carr McClaugherty and wife Ann of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; seven grandchildren Stephanie Stafford and husband Joe, Leslie Cline, Katharine Carter, Steve Stewart and wife Liane, Holly Tarry and husband Jason, Julia Carr McClaugherty, Kate Fulghum; six great-grandchildren, Sarah Stafford, Emily Stafford, Tyanna Carter, Natalie Stewart, Jenny Stewart, North Tarry; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends, for whom he cared deeply.

A graduate of Narrows High School, Allen graduated from Virginia Tech, where he played football. He also served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He taught and coached in Luray, Virginia before coming home to Giles County, where he taught and coached football for 43 years, most of those at Narrows High School. He was raised on the family farm on Wolf Creek near Narrows, and later lived proudly in his hometown. Allen enjoyed gardening, and had a vast knowledge of farming, which he joyfully shared. A longtime loyal Virginia Tech and Narrows Green Wave fan, he was a mentor to numerous students over the many years that he taught and coached. Along with Hettie Lou, he held family close and dear, and enjoyed reunions and birthday events. He leaves a legacy of service to God, Country, and Community.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church; 398 Main Street; Narrows, Virginia, with Rev. Jason Stubblefield officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by VFW Post #6000, American Legion Posts #68 of Narrows, Post #311 of Pembroke, and #145 of Peterstown. The family will receive friends at First United Methodist Church Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider either First United Methodist Church; P.O. Box 398; Narrows, Virginia 24124, the Narrows Athletic Fund; Inc., P.O. Box 114; Narrows, Virginia 24124, or the Narrows High Academic Boosters; c/o P.O. Box 43; Pembroke, Virginia 24136.

The family is being served by Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at