Edward P. McKown, 74, of Charleston, died Oct. 19, 2013.
A music instructor of 45 years, Ed taught students from kindergarten through graduate school.
A master teacher of the Orff Schulwerk approach, he was a highly regarded clinician on state and national levels.
Edward received degrees from Glenville State College and Marshall University and later returned to Glenville to an assistant professorship in music.
He was the founding director of the Parkersburg South High School Band. He also directed the Fayetteville High School Band, and the Parkersburg High School Big Red Band.
He served his communities musically in various ways: accompanying, adjudicating, and directing.
His love of the theater led him to direct, produce, and star in several productions on his favorite stage with the Parkersburg Actors Guild.
He was preceded in death by his wife Linda and son Greg; his parents Evan and Shirley McKown; two sisters, Lou Lilly (Jim) and Helen Wade (Clarence); two brothers, Charles and Jack.
Surviving family members include four brothers: Robert (Nancy) of Fayetteville, Ted (Katie) of Ocala, Fla., Paul (Shirley) of Charleston, Frank (Deborah) of Naples, Fla.; his twin sister Marty Booth (Paul) of Vienna; and Godson, Kevin Carr of Alexandria, Va.
A Service of Celebration of Ed's life will be held on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street E, Charleston, W.Va. with the Rev. Monty Brown and the Rev. Janet Harman officiating. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Arlington Children's Chorus, C/O Kevin Carr, 4019 Blue Slate Drive, Alexandria, VA 22306.