William Russell “Rusty” Sovine, 64, of Harman, formerly of Hurricane and Pawleys Island, SC, died Tuesday morning May 3, 2022 from complications of a heart attack.

Rusty was a gifted athlete and graduated from Hurricane High School. He attended Morehead State University and played football there. He graduated from Marshall University. He loved golf and was the 2011 WV Golf Association Senior Series Player of the Year. Lately, Rusty had returned to his first love, fly fishing, and was looking forward to fishing this year with his kids.

This past year has been one of the happiest times in Rusty’s life as he helped care for his first grandchild. He moved to Morgantown specifically to be close and to help out in any way. He had a bond with this little boy that will never be severed.

Rusty loved his family and his family loved him. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Claude and Bernice Sovine, Ardith Hale and Eugene Campbell.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kim; her father, James Russell Sovine (Ruth Anne), of Hurricane; mother, Ellen Hostettler, of Lawrenceville, NJ; children, Sean Russell Sovine, of Blacksburg, Va., Ian Michael Sovine, of Baltimore, and Brittany Shea Sovine (Lord); the light of his life, his grandson, Reza Elias Walker, of Morgantown; and her sisters, Anita Sovine, of Tuckerton, NJ (John Stewart), Lisa Hostettler, of Hopewell, NJ and Kathryn Hostettler, of Los Angeles. He is also survived by his nephews, Ryan Stewart and Kieran Stewart; his niece, Heather Johann (Steve) and their children, Lucas and Jack; and his nephew, Jonathon Stewart (Jessica) and their children, Brooklyn and Cameron.

Rusty has always lived by the motto that whoever dies with the most memories, wins. Well, you’re sure to be a winner, honey.

Family and friends can gather in Rusty’s honor at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane, from 4-6 p.m. on June 20, 2022 and at the Sundown Restaurant and Sports Pub in Surfside Beach, SC, from 4-6 p.m. on July 9. .

Smith Funeral & Cremation Care provides care and counseling for the family.