Commonwealth Journal

Obituaries

October 23, 2012

Harlan Avera

Somerset —  

Brother Harlan J. "Hootie" Avera, Sr., age 79 of Somerset went Home to be with His Lord, peacefully surrounded by his family, on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
Harlan was born on January 26, 1933 in Ludlow, Ky., to the late Harold G. "Bud" Avera and Jewell Hatter Avera. Bro. Avera was a bi-vocational pastor for 42 years, retiring in January 1997 and also retired as office manager for Southern Tire Distributors after 39 years. Bro. Avera pastored at the Burnside Mission, Chesterview Baptist Church, and New Hope Baptist Church, Nancy, Ky. He was saved, ordained, and a member at the Langdon Street Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky. He enjoyed family history, genealogy, scrapbooking and his family. 
Bro. Avera married Revetta R. "Betty" Helton on December 10, 1951 in Sloans Valley, Ky., and she survives him.
Along with his wife, he is survived by two sons, Harlan J. Avera Jr. (and wife, Marilyn) of London, Ky., and Johnny G. Avera (and wife, Tara) of Somerset; a daughter, Marnella McWilliams (and husband, Michael) of Somerset; seven grandchildren, Christopher (and Shannon) McWilliams of Somerset, Telena (and Alton) Goff of London, Ky., Shawna Campbell of Sloans Valley, KY, Monica (and Glenn) Benge of London, Ky., Shasta Avera and Tiffany Avera of Tenn.; and Logan Phillips of Lexington, KY; eight great-grandchildren, Wesley Benge of London, Ky., Shelby Benge of London, Ky., Brayden McWilliams of Somerset, Brycen McWilliams of Somerset, Kelsey Campbell of Sloans Valley, Ky., Kendall Benge of London, Ky., Trey Campbell of Sloans Valley, Ky., and Connor Goff of London, Ky.; a brother, Leonard Avera (and wife, Janice) of Somerset; a sister, Margie Wilson of Somerset; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen Avera of Lubbock, Texas.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold "Junie" Avera Jr. and a brother-in-law, Virgil Wilson.

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