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Afton Robert Malick, 89, of Augusta, W.Va., died Friday, March 9, 2018, at Hampshire Memorial Hospital, Romney, W.Va.
Afton was born in Kirby, W.Va., on July 15, 1928, the son of the late Riley T. and Flora (Loy) Malick. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Pauline (Veach) Malick of 61 years; a brother, Riley T Malick Jr.; two sisters, Zanna Alkire and Gloria Saville; and one grandson, Dirik Malone.
Afton, a native of Augusta, worked on his father's farm, in the logging industry, and automotive service. He was a Korean Army veteran, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.
He was a 1946 graduate of Romney High School. His automotive career began with a small garage and auto repair business. For 28 years, he was the former president and operator of Malick Parts Company Inc., Romney, located in three communities providing automobile parts for the region. He attended financial institutes and was a graduate of the Wholesale Management Program by General Motors Institute.
He was a charter member of Augusta Volunteer Fire Department, a charter member of Romney Rotary club and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, a member of Hampshire County Farm Bureau, and a member of Augusta Ruritan Club with more than 61 years of perfect attendance, receiving the Tom Downing Fellow Award of Ruritan National Foundation.
He participated actively for more than 20 years as a member of West Virginia Farm Bureau. He was a former member for more than 40 years of the Board of Directors of First National Bank, Romney, where he served as former chairman of the board. He was a past president of West Virginia Automotive Wholesalers Association, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Certificate from Ruritan National, past president of Shenandoah Warehouse, and a member of Romney Post 1101 American Legion, . He was a recipient of the West Virginia 35th Star by Governor Joe Manchin and was recognized as a Knight of Old Hampshire.
He was a member of Tearcoat Church of the Brethren, Augusta. He contributed the land for Central Hampshire Park, Augusta, and the steeple of Tearcoat Church of the Brethren. He was instrumental in getting public water to the Augusta area.
He is survived by one brother, Adrian Malick and wife, Doretha; three children, Doug Malick, Ormond Beach, Fla., and his children, Douglas Malick and companion Cecily Nixon, and Jenna (Malick) DeCarlos and husband, Anthony; great-grandchildren, Mason DeCarlos and Finn DeCarlos, Philip Malick, Leslie Rutley, Sydni Rutley, Jackson Rutley, Cindy (Malick) Malone and husband, Michael, Texarkana, Texas, and their children, Jason Malone and wife Amy, Dr. Sabrina (Malone) Jenkins and husband Justin, and great-grandchildren, Madeline Malone and Calvin Jenkins, Kevin Malick, Winchester, Va., and companion, Jill LaFollette; and grandson, Spencer Malick.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018. at McKee Funeral Home, Augusta, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be conducted Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Tearcoat Church of the Brethren with Pastor Larry Veach officiating. Interment will be in Tearcoat Cemetery, Augusta.
All arrangements are being handled by McKee Funeral Home.
Published on March 11, 2018
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