John David Heward, Sr.

July 28, 1962 - August 30, 2017

John David Heward, Sr. died peacefully and unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, he was 55.

John was preceded in death by his father, William Charles Heward, Sr. and a brother, Edward Ernest Heward.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Elizabeth Anne “Betsy” Heward; his mother, Mary Elizabeth Mekins; (4) sons, John David Heward (wife Melissa) of Old Fields, WV., David Lee Heward (wife Deanna) of Purgitsville, WV., Robert “Jeff” Paul Heward (wife “Annie” Elizabeth) of Purgitsville, WV. and Jesse Reuben Heward (wife Amber Leann) of Moorefield, WV., (1) Daughter, Mary Elizabeth Heward of Winchester, VA., (6) brothers; William Charles Heward (wife Sherry) of Bristol, VA., his twin brother, James Allen Heward (wife Patricia) of Frostburg, MD., Randolph Scott Heward of Clearwater, FL., Michael Lee Heward (wife Janice) of St. Mary’s WV. and Charles William Heward of Romney, WV., and a sister, Joni Lynn Heward-Arce (husband Augustine) of Fayetteville, NC.  John is also survived by 13 grandchildren.

John was born and raised in Baltimore, MD., soon moving South to Anne Arundel County where he met Betsy in 1979.  They became quite an item and married in 1981, soon after starting their family of 5.   John’s life was about work and lots of it.  He was a laborer all this life in his home state of Maryland and also after the move to West Virginia in 1988.  He worked at Pilgrims until his health no longer permitted him to do so.   John had a gift when it came to what he could do with his hands, which was most anything.  He enjoyed  building, fixing and repairing; anything that needed to be done.  Poker was on his list of pleasures and he had a knack of getting tired and going to bed when he was ahead.  His love(s) started with Betsy and reached many others and pursuits.  Toward the end, he loved to sit with Betsy, (2) Canine family members and watch Westerns.  His family was everything; no matter what happened, they stuck together.  His easy going and loving personality will be missed by many.

Friends are welcome to come and be a part of John’s Celebration of Life on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 10AM to 4PM being held at his home.  There will be no formal service, and all are welcome to come and enjoy good food, drink and fellowship.  Address:  404 Stringtown Rd., Purgitsville, WV  26852  Telephone; 304-289-5170

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to help defer funeral expenses.  Shaffer Funeral Home, 230 E. Main St., Romney, WV., 26757.


Jamie Kidwell August 31, 2017

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