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Man Killed In Accident Along With Wife Was Longtime Preacher

Reported: Feb. 3, 2014 4:14 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 4, 2014 10:49 AM EST
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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man who was killed in an accident along with his wife was a longtime preacher who had served as a minister at various churches.

Walter Means, 78, and his wife, Charlotte Means, 76, died in Sunday's accident on U.S. Route 119 in South Charleston, police said. Means was a pastor for more than 46 years at various area churches and was a member of Trinity Independent Baptist Church in South Charleston, Randy Curry of Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek said.

David Means of Tornado, one of Walter Means' sons, said his father was very active doing church work and had many other interests.

"He was very faithful to the church and very outgoing," David Means said. "He just really kept his life busy."

The obituary published in the Charleston Gazette said the couple had just left a service at Trinity when the wreck occurred. Means said his father raised six sons and was in good health.

"He didn't shy away from anything work related," David Means said. "He really kept busy in life. The only time he ever rested was when he went to sleep."

Visiting hours for the couple will be at Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

-- Photo Courtesy of Curry Funeral Home




SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) -- South Charleston police have released the names of the couple who died in a a crash on U.S. Route 119.

Walter Means, 78, and Charlotte Means, 76, died in Sunday's accident, South Charleston Police Chief Brad Rinehart said on Monday. The husband and wife were residents of Pleasant Valley, an area near Spring Hill in Kanawha County.

Injured in the wreck were Phillip Frye, 37, of Danville and his son, Wyatt, 8, Rinehart said. The Fryes were treated at Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital and released.

The crash took place along U.S. Route 119 in South Charleston near the intersection of Willow Drive and Childress Road. Police said one car t-boned into another vehicle.



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