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Retired Miners Death's

Retired Miners Death's

This page is in HONOR of the retired Coal Miners and other Miners that God has called home.

Eugene O. Miller,
79,
of Madison, W.Va.,
Died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004,
at home after an extended illness.
He was preceded in death by parents,
Otto O. and Lizzie Vandeline Miller;
brothers, Rosco Miller and Rexford Miller.
Born April 27, 1925,
a lifelong resident of Madison, he retired
from Westmoreland Coal Co.
and was a veteran of World War II.
He was a member and elder
of Prayer Connection Lighthouse of Danville,
a member of UMWA and a Charter member
of VFW with 55 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years,
Susan “Susie”;
one son, Eddie Miller and his wife, Reginia of Danville;
two daughters, Renee Abbott and her husband, Phillip of Jacksonville,
Fla., Retta Smith and her husband, Peter, of Sumpter, S.C.;
nine grandchildren, Eric Miller, Tisha Jacobs, Jeremy Abbott, Julie
Abbott, Corey Smith, Seth Smith, Josh Smith, Zachery Smith and
Lana Webb; and three great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
with Pastor Mark Meeker officiating.
Military graveside rites will be performed by VFW Post 5578,
Madison, W.Va.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home

Charles E. “Shorty” Smith,
75,
of Hewett, W.Va.,
Died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004,
in CAMC General Hospital, after an extended illness.
He was preceded in death by his wife,
Carolyn Jo; and one brother, Virgil Smith Jr.
He was born on Nov. 2, 1928,
at Blair, W.Va.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1952.
He was a member of the VFW.
He was a retired coal miner,
having served 43 years and was a member of the UMWA.
After retirement, Shorty enjoyed golfing
and was a member of Riverview Country Club.
He also enjoyed fishing at his camp along the New River.
He is survived by one daughter, Kathy Hager and her husband, Greg;
two sons, Mitch and his wife, Charleen,
and Mike, and his wife, Diana;
one brother, Bobby Smith; one sister,
Judy Hager; seven grandchildren, Joey, Shane,
Teryan, Kristyan, Jackie, Trevor and Trent; and many friends.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, W.Va.,
with Earl Akers and Roger McCauley officiating.
Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Woodrow W. Atkins,
83,
of Seth, W.Va.,
passed away Aug. 22, 2004,
at Putnam General Hospital.
He was a retired coal miner from Valley Camp Coal Company,
Shrewsbury, with 44 years of service.
He was a member of Toney's Branch Freewill Baptist Church,
Bloomingrose, W.Va., and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Woodrow is survived by his wife of 55 years,
Joann Atkins of Seth, W.Va.;
sons, Woodrow W. Atkins Jr. of Chesapeake, W.Va., and
Larry Wayne Atkins of Delbarton, W.Va.;
daughters, Dian Lynn Atkins and Kimberly Leah Atkins, both of Teays Valley,
and Sally Medley of Canton, Texas;
sister, Lorenna Midkiff of Comfort, W.Va.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004,
at Toney's Branch Freewill Baptist Church,
Bloomingrose, W.Va.,
with Pastors Greg Hensley and Troy Howerton
officiating. Burial will follow in Madison Memory Gardens.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004,
at the church.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to Toney's Branch Freewill Baptist Church,
c/o Margaret Carney, General Delivery, Comfort, WV 25049.
Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, W.Va.,
is in charge of arrangements.

James Carey “Jim” Gay,
43,
of Madison, Boone County, W.Va.,
died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004,
as a result of an auto accident on State Route 85, near Madison.
Born Sept. 1, 1960,
in Altavista, Va.,
Mr. Gay was a chief engineer for Massey Coal Services,
a member of the NRA, a member of the
National Society of Professional Engineers,
graduated from high school as valedictorian.
He also was a 1982 graduate of Virginia Tech,
and he was a member of the Madison Baptist Church, Madison.
Survivors include his children and their mother,
Darlene Reed Gay of Madison; son, John William “J.W.” Gay of Madison;
daughters, Carey Lynn Gay and
Cynthia Winn Gay, both of Madison;
parents, Randolph G. Gay Jr. and Mittie Greene Gay of Altavista, Va.;
brother, Randolph G. Gay III and wife, Margaret Pitts Gay of Chesapeake, Va.;
niece and nephew, Jason and Emily Gay of Chesapeake, Va.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m.
Tuesday at the Stevens Funeral Home,
Madison with the
Rev. James E. Sheets officiating.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Green Lawn
Cemetery, Hurt, Va., near Altavista.

Ercil “Buck” A. Petty,
75,
of Danville,
went to be with the Lord on
Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004,
at home after a short illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
Grover and Elsie Petty;
brothers, Herbert Petty of Buffalo, N.Y., and Delano Petty of
Manhattan, Kan.; sisters, Pearl Petty Sutphin and
Myrtle Kelly, both of Pasadena, Texas.
He was born Oct. 4, 1928,
at Van, W.Va.,
to Grover Cleveland Petty and Elsie Florence Ferrell Petty.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He was retired from Peabody Coal Co.,
where he worked for 40-plus years.
He was a member of the UMWA and a member of I.O.O.F.,
Madison, W.Va.
Ercil, known to his friends and family as Buck,
was a loving and devoted husband,
father and grandfather, always putting others before himself.
He will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 49 years,
JoAnn Petty; son, Douglas Paul Petty of Toledo, Ohio;
and daughter, Deborah Kay Randant and her husband, Russell of Alkol, W.Va.;
grandchildren, Ian Sean Randant and Holly Michelle Randant of Alkol;
sisters, Lillian Petty Racer of Barboursville, W.Va., and Helen Petty
Musselman of Jacksonville, Fla.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
with the Rev. John Barker officiating.
Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison,
with military graveside rites performed by Daniel Boone Post 5578, Madison.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Bobby L. Pauley,
68,
of Foster died on August 3, 2004,
at home after a long battle with cancer.
He was the son of the late Stencil and Norma Pauley of Cameo.
He was a graduate of Scott High School, class of 1954,
a U.S. Army veteran,
a retired coal miner from Hobet Mining,
a member of UMWA and a member of the Rock Creek Church of Christ.
Surviving: wife, Mary Lou Ashby Pauley;
daughters, Janet Bowles and her husband David, Susan Kimbler
and her fiance Greg Hinke; grandsons, Davey and Brett Bowles and
Justin and Aaron Kimbler, all of Foster; brothers, Billy of Madison,
and Benny of Cameo; sisters, Betty Workman of Huntington,
Bonnie Sue Mullen of South Point, OH, and Carol Scruggs of Little Rock, Ark.;
several nieces and nephews.
Service was 2 p.m. Thursday at Rock Creek Church of Christ
with Minister Dave Cabell and Minister Ray Beadnell officiating.
Burial was in Ashby Cemetery, Foster.
Handley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements

Brian Ross Castle,
27,
of Bob White died July 26, 2004, due to an accident.
He was a coal miner.
He was preceded in death by his uncle, Roger Middaugh.
He is survived by his parents,
Jesse and Patricia Middaugh Castle of Bob White;
companion, Andrea Roe; sister, Tammy Lynn Tucker of Concord, N.C.;
brother, David Wayne Castle of Bald Knob; aunts and uncles,
Mike and Donna Middaugh of Madison, Larry and Kathy Middaugh of Lexington, N.C.,
Ronnie and Tommie Middaugh and Jody Middaugh, all of Kentucky;
one niece, Taylor; and three special nephews, Josh,
Elija and Aaron, whom he loved.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 30,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
with John Ryan officiating.
Burial will follow in Danville Memorial Park, Madison.
Friends may call one hour prior to service.

Thomas Jackson Burns,
76,
of Greenview, W.Va.,
went home to be with his Lord and Savior on
Monday, April 12, 2004.
Born July 27, 1927,
to Kelcie C. and Amy Ann Orndoff Burns in Nicholas County,
Mr. Burns had been a resident of Boone County for 46 years.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy
and a member of the VFW Post 5578, Madison.
Mr. Burns was also a 36-year member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. A UMWA member,
he retired from Westmoreland Coal Co., Hampton Division.
Before becoming homebound by illness,
Mr. Burns was active at Coal Valley FWB Church
and also served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher in preceding years.
Always known for his smile, stories and light-hearted jokes,
Mr. Burns' life touched many and he will be greatly missed.
In addition to his parents,
Mr. Burns was preceded in death by two brothers,
Kelcie H. and Herbert Guy Burns; and a sister, Edith McClung.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years,
Naomi Ruth; a daughter, Ruth Ann Massey and her husband,
Freddie, of Concord, N.C.; a granddaughter, Jennifer Massey Brayley and her husband,
Chris; and a grandson, Thomas Glenn Massey; a great-grandson,
Jackson Carter Brayley, also of Concord; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m.,
April 16, 2004,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, W.Va.,
with the Rev. Harley Egnor and the Rev. Robert Gollihue officiating.
Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens,
Beckley, W.Va., at 3 p.m.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Samuel Clarence Halstead,
73,
of Danville
died April 1, 2004,
in CAMC Memorial Hospital.
He was retired from both Westmoreland Coal Company and AEP.
He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Linda;
three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tonja and Kenny Wiley
of Cox's Fork, Selena and Ron Cantley of Painesville, Ohio,
Sierra Halstead of Danville; brother Velous Halstead of Bradshaw;
sisters, Linda Halstead and Judy Shelton, both of Logan; and three grandchildren,
T.R. Godby, Jessica Cantley and Kaylyn Cantley.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 4,
at the Halstead home.
In lieu of flowers, please send condolences
to the family at 138 Cherry Lane, Danville, WV 25053.
Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
is in charge of arrangements.

Otto Herman Walker,
84,
of Danville passed away
March 31, 2004,
in Logan Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 21, 1919,
son of the late Robert F. and Grace Gunnoe Walker.
He was also preceded in death by his wife of 45 years,
Oma Stewart Walker; his wife of eight years,
Ruth M. Walker; two brothers, Hubert and Charles Walker;
and four sisters, Ruby Stanaker, Dora Harrison,
Ruth Scantlin and Alice Walker.
A lifelong resident of Boone County,
he was a retired coal miner from Eastern Associated Coal's Harris Mine,
Boone County; former president of UMWA Local 1503;
a Navy veteran of World War II;
a survivor of Pearl Harbor and a participant in the battle
of Iwo Jima;
a member of VFW Post 5578;
a former member of the Civilian Conservation Corps;
a Boy Scout leader; a youth baseball coach;
sports writer for the Coal Valley News;
and attended Danville Church of Christ.
He is survived by daughters, Micky Jo Thompson
of Lick Creek, Diana Susan Walker
of Low Gap; sons, James H. Walker of Huntsville, Mo.,
John Michael Walker of Nitro; sister,
Anna Parsons of Sissonville; 11 grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
with the Rev. John Barker officiating.
Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison,
with military graveside rites by VFW Post 5578, Madison.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m.
Friday at the funeral home.

Roma Lee “Hub” Pritchard,
97,
of Cox's Fork, near Danville, W.Va.,
died Monday, March 29, 2004,
at the Boone Healthcare Center after a short illness.
Born Jan. 3, 1907,
in Lincoln County,
he was the son of the late Oliver and Leora Bell Pritchard.
Mr. Pritchard was also preceded in death by his wife of 75 years,
Shirley Edna Pauley Pritchard; brothers,
James and Howard Pritchard; sisters,
Audrey Hunter, Hattie Woods, Mattie Miller;
and by a foster son, Billy Williams.
Mr. Pritchard was a former coal miner,
a member of the UMWA, an avid farmer
and a member of the Cox's Fork Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include his sons, Evert (wife, Nellie) Pritchard,
Howard (wife, Verna Belle) Pritchard and Bernard (wife, Yvonne) Pritchard,
all of Danville; daughters, Gloria Dean
husband, Ralph) Stowers of Danville, Edith Jarrell of Cumming, Ga.;
brother, Robert Pritchard of Danville; sisters, Juanita McMillon
and Ruby Tetrulia, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.; foster children,
Herman Williams, David Williams, Dwayne Williams,
Ricky Williams, and Roseann Williams;
16 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren;
14 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m.
Thursday at the Stevens Funeral Home, Madison
with Joe Pritchard and Tommy Bishop officiating.
Burial will follow at Memory Gardens, Madison.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home.

Luther "Bubby" Myers,
31,
of Julian died at home Friday,
March 26, 2004.
He was a graduate of Scott High School and was a
12-year veteran of the United States Army.
He was a sergeant 1st Class, Airborne Recon Ranger,
sniper, recipient of the Iron Man Award,
and a Ranger instructor at the time of his discharge.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents,
Wanda and Arthur Holstein; Luther Myers; and Betty Dolin.
He is survived by his father,
Chipper Myers of Julian; his mother and stepfather,
Kathy & Edgar Dolin of Ridgeview; a sister,
Scarlet Grindle of N.C.;
a brother, Josh Myers of Drawdy; and maternal grandfather,
Lawrence Dolin of Foster.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday,
March 29, 2004,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
with the Rev. John Barker officiating.
Burial will follow in Boone Memorial Park, Madison,
with military graveside rites provided by
VFW Post 5578 of Madison.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Kenneth J. Skidmore,
86,
of Madison, W.Va.,
passed onto eternal life Saturday,
March 20, 2004,
at Meadow Brook Care Home, Camp Creek, W.Va.,
following a long illness.
He was born Oct. 22, 1917,
in the town of Heater, Braxton County, W.Va.,
the son of John Cleveland Skidmore and Ethel Blanch Hinkle Skidmore.
He graduated from Richwood High School in 1935.
He served as a sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps
during World War II.
He was a long-term employee of Pardee & Curtain Lumber and Coal Co., Bergoo, W.Va.,
and retired from Westmoreland Coal Co.,
where he was the purchasing agent for
Westmoreland Coal Hampton Division
and manager of Central Supply Co. of Virginia,
Clothier Division.
He was a member of the Madison Baptist Church,
where he was baptized on Feb. 19, 1992,
by the Rev. Norman Haupt.
He was a 50-plus year member of the Masonic Lodge,
a current member of the O'Dell Lodge No. 115 AF & AM,
and a past Master Mason of the Webster Springs Masonic Lodge.
An avid outdoorsman and gardener,
he is survived by his wife of 52 years,
Betty Cochran Skidmore;
son, John R. Skidmore and wife, Wanda, of Huntington,
W.Va.; daughter, Joyce L. Birley and husband, David, of Madison;
and son, James R. Skidmore, also of Madison; three grandchildren,
Andrew and Angela Skidmore of Huntington, and Sydney Birley of Madison;
sister, Ruby Keener; and half-brother,
Joe Skidmore, both of Barberton, Ohio.
A graveside service will be 1 p.m. March 23, 2004,
at Richwood Mountain View Memorial Park with Masonic Rites.
Chaplain Boyd Purcell of Hospice will preside over the service.
Handley Funeral Home, Danville, W.Va.,
is in charge of arrangements.

Lee A. Walls,
85,
of Morrisvale, W.Va.,
died March 13, 2004,
at Boone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Danville, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
Chester and Nona Spears Walls;
and his first wife, Ruby Walls.
He was a retired coal miner from Sharples Coal Co.
with 32 years of service,
a member of UMW and an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Martina;
two sons, Jimmy Walls of Alkol and Randy Walls of Morrisvale;
three daughters, Sue Lovejoy of Climax, N.C., Wilma Kochi of Mauston, Wis.,
and Phyllis Clark of Alkol; one stepson, Barry Clark of North Carolina;
three stepdaughters, Patty Easter of North Carolina,
Kathy Javins of Morrisvale and Becky Egnor, also of Morrisvale;
one brother, Cecil Walls of Alkol; one sister,
Christine McGlaughin of Morrisvale; 22 grandchildren,
24 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville
with the Rev. Randall Kinder officiating.
Burial will follow in Ryan Cemetery, Morrisvale.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday at the funeral home.

Marty Lee Fowler,
42, of Danville
died March 3, 2004,
in CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.
He was a surveyor for Hobet Coal Company
and attended Ball Chapel, Jeffrey.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie;
one son and his wife, Eric and Jolena Fowler of Danville;
one daughter, Crystal Fowler of Danville;
parents, Brady and Arzetta Fowler of Dog Fork;
six brothers, Randy of Beckley, Earl, John and Drexal,
all of Chapmanville, Donald of Jeffrey, Ronald of North Fork;
three sisters, Shirley Smutko of Jeffrey, Lisa Sperry of Randleman, N.C.,
Melissa Fox of Turtle Creek; mother-in-law, Georgia Dingess
of Chapmanville; brother-in-law, Billy Metcalf; nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
with the Rev. Edsel Aleshire and Danny Stollings officiating.
Burial will follow in Fowler Cemetery, Dog Fork, Manila.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday at the funeral home.

Ilan White,
80,
of Browns Branch, Van, W.Va., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004,
at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston.
He was born March 2, 1923, at Barrett, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Blackburn and Mary White;
his beloved wife of 60 years, Ernie Kathleen Harless White;
daughter, Carol Sue Smith; and grandson, Christopher White.
Ilan was the youngest of eight children who
had preceded him in death, they were: Editha, Alva, Alvin,
Grant Earman, Vernon and Herbert.
He was a retired coal miner of 37 years,
retiring at Wharton No. 2 Mine at Barrett.
He was a member and past deacon and Sunday school superintendent
of the Quinland Freewill Baptist Church at Quinland, W.Va.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda and her husband,
Ralph Bragg, of Brown Branch; two sons,
Richard and his wife, Loretta White, of Twilight, W.Va.,
and Herman Junior White of Mount Olive, W.Va.;
grandchildren, Teresa Carol Burdette of Florida,
Peggy Spratt of Van,
JoAnn Challis of Texas, Sharon Nichols of Van, David Ilan Mitchell of Van,
Roger White of Bandytown, Charles White of North Carolina;
step-grandchildren, Debbie Dunlap of Bigson, W.Va.,
Billy Dean Mitchell of Van and
Pete Mitchell of Logan, W.Va., Kerri and Nathan Bragg;
great-grandchildren, Christopher White, Jasmine White,
Kasey Norton, Colan Norton, Chandler Christopher White,
Preston and Corey Burdette of Florida,
Ben Spratt, Austyn and Justyn Challis of
Texas and Jessica and Brandon of Van.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10,
Handley Funeral Home, Danville, W.Va.,
with the Rev. Roger Vance and the Rev. Steve Bums
officiating. Burial will follow at the
Mid-Ferrell Cemetery, Bandytown.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m.
Monday at the funeral home.

James R. Nelson,
69,
of Madison passed away Feb. 4, 2004,
at home, surrounded by family.
He was preceded in death by his son,
John Allen Nelson.
Jim was retired from Bethlehem Energy
after 30 years of service.
He was an Army veteran,
a member of Madison United Methodist Church and UMWA.
He was an Eagle Scout and state
Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years,
Mrs. JoAnn Nelson;
two sisters, JoAnn Johnson and Shirley Nelson,
both of Charleston; three sons and their wives,
James Stephen and Rebecca Nelson of Ruby, S.C.,
Jerry David and Kimberly Nelson of Indian Trail, N.C.,
Marcus Blane Nelson of Madison;
and eight grandchildren, Heather,
Stephanie, Mary, Cannie, Sean,
Brain, Brianna and James.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 7, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
that donations be made to Madison United Methodist Church

Keither R. Baisden Sr.,
71,
of Gordon
passed away Jan. 30, 2004,
at home after a long illness.
Born June 17, 1932, at Belo,
he was the son of Evelyn Baisden of Belo
and the late Walter Baisden of Belo.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers,
Walter Lee Jr. “Juke” and Euell Baisden of Belo.
He was retired from Peabody Coal Company
and was a member of UMWA.
He was also a U.S. veteran of the Korean War.
In addition to his mother,
he is survived by wife, Joann Baisden of Gordon;
two sons and their wives, Keither Jr.
and Susan Baisden and Bruce and Sherdena Baisden,
all of Twilight;
one sister, Betty Coleman of Belo;
grandchildren, Randy “Bubby” Baisden, a studen
t at WVU, Savannah, Krysten and Mackenzy of Twilight.
Service will be 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
with the Rev. Phil Rowe officiating.
Burial will follow in Mid-Ferrell Cemetery, Bandytown.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Bruce Harvey Miller,
62,
of Uneeda, Boone County,
died Saturday Jan. 24, 2004,
at the Veterans Hospital,
Huntington, after an extended illness.
Born April 7, 1941,
in Boone County, he was the son of the late
Denver and Luella Price Miller.
Mr. Miller was a former coal miner, an army veteran,
and a member of the Quinland Church of Christ at Quinland.
He is survived by his sons, Bruce Denver Miller of Mount Airy,
Md., DeWayne G. Miller of Providence, R.I.,
and Robert Linville of Uneeda;
daughter, Lynn Jones of Uneeda; brother, Pete Miller of Uneeda;
sister, Carol Hodgkins of Uneeda; and six grandchildren.
Special thanks to caregiver Tracy Tincher.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday
at the Stevens Funeral Home, Madison,
with Minister Ralph Jarrell and Danny Hager officiating.
Burial will follow at the Gomez Cemetery, Uneeda.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday at the funeral home.

Felix Buchko,
90,
of Marmet died Jan. 23, 2004,
in St. Francis Hospital, Charleston.
He was retired from Westmoreland Coal Company, Clothier.
He is survived by his family: wife, Margaret;
Elaine Lee of Comfort, Alice, Patrick and Matthew, all of Marmet,
Ellen of South Charleston, Mark Harless of Hernshaw,
Anna Flately of Baltimore, Md., Mary Goodwin of Charleston.
Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25,
at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.
Burial will follow in Amick Cemetery, Comfort.
Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

William "Widdie" Griffis,
83,
of Van, W.Va.,
died Jan. 15, 2004,
at Pine Lodge Nursing Home, Beckley, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
John and Sally Griffis; and his wife, Bertha Griffis.
He was a retired coal miner of Y and 0 Coal with 25 years
of service and a Methodist Minister for 15 years.
He was a World War II Army veteran
of the 508 Paratroop Division,
where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart award.
He was a member of VFW, UMWA, 0'Dell Masonic Lodge,
Scottish Rites, and Beni Kedem Temple Shrine.
He received his certificate for his Doctor
of Divinity Degree from Duke University.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, W.Va.,
with the Rev. Billy Cornell officiating.
Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison, W.Va.,
with military graveside rites performed by Daniel Boone Post 5578, Madison.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday at Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Sidney Lee Hill,
73,
of Low Gap, W.Va.,
died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004.
He was born Sept. 28, 1932,
to the late George and Vernonda Hill.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers,
George Hill Jr., David Hill, Alva J. Hill and Dorance Hill.
He was a retired coal miner
and a member of the UMWA.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice Hill of Low Gap;
three sons, and their spouses, David and Vicky of Big Ugly,
James and Venita of Jeffrey
and Phillip and Amy of Low Gap;
14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren;
four sisters, Kathleen Borton of Cleveland, Ohio,
Lois Buther of St. Cloud, Fla.,
Clarice Griffin of Las Vegas, Nev.,
and Betty Chapman of Chapmanville;
three brothers, Paul of Richwood,
Louis of Charleston and Lowell of New Mexico.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2004,
at Handley Funeral Home,
Danville with the Rev. Jim Bias officiating.
Burial will follow in Hill Cemetery, Big Ugly.
Friends may call one hour prior to
the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Bobby Gene Hoosier,
71, of Barrett
died May 1, 2005,
at his home after a long illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents
Sester Lee and Bessie Lula Grills Hoosier;
and stepfather, Floyd Mitchell.
He attended Greenwood Church of God
and was a retired coalminer with 40 years of service
form Eastern Associated Coal Company.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ruth Hoosier;
five daughters and their husbands,
Melinda and Carlos Privett of Beckley, Donna and Danny Woodard of Barrett,
Shelia and Steve Dobson of Concord, N.C.,
Lesia and Richard Workman of Barrett
and Gina and Dean Jones of Beckley;
one son and his wife, Bobby Gene “Bubby” and Cynthia Hoosier II of Barrett;
one sister, Lillie Mae Mitchell of Madison;
one brother, Billy Ray Hoosier of Crown;
12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday,
May 4, at the Greenwood Church of God
Annex with the Rev. Shelia Workman,
the Rev. Donald Elam and the Rev. Sam Osborne officiating.
Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison.
Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Thomas Joseph Bishop
went home to be with the Lord May 1, 2005.
He was born Aug. 10, 1946,
a son of Wavie Bishop of Bim and the late Lawrence Bishop.
He was a Vietnam veteran and was awarded two Purple Hearts.
He was also a member of the UMWA.
In addition to his mother, Wavie Bishop of Bim,
he is survived by his wife, Frances Bishop;
son, Shawn VanBuren of Georgia;
daughters, Rhonda Sue Serrano of Caldwell and Nickie Scott of Georgia;
six grandchildren, Ashley Coker, T. J. Lusk, Keisha Shell,
Chelsea VanBuren, Donovan Scott and Hunter Lee “Booger” Scott;
one great-grandchild, Jonathan Thomas Coker;
seven brothers, Curley of Prenter, Donald of Dalton, Ga.,
Ancil of Mud River, Clyde of Louisville, Ky.,
Denzil of Uneeda, Gary Lee of Putnam County
and Billy Ray of Dalton, Ga.; and five sisters,
Jacquelyn Harper of Tulsa, Okla.,
Kathern Burns of Gordon, Anna Sue Jones of Bim,
Patsy Ann Griggs of Barrett and Annette Kersey of Caldwell.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5,
at Handley Funeral Home, Danville,
with Clarence Campbell and David Campbell officiating.
Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, Madison,
with military graveside rites performed
by Daniel Boone Post 5578, Madison, W.Va.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home.




Paul Fodor,
66
Died May 27,1975
at Orgas, WV
Worked at Glo Glora Coal Co.,
Red Dragon
(later named Blue Pennant) for 27 years.
Survived by Wife Lula, 3 sons, James, Alexander (Sonny),.
John, and daughter Margaret Butcher..
Info Provided by:
Jim Fodor
Warner Robins, GA





Vivian Ashby
Father started working in the Mines at
Prenter when he was 13 years old
and when he had several years in the mines
he studied and took his formans test
and worked the next few years at Gordon W.V.
From there he worked at Wharton #1 on the afternoon shift
and later at Wharton #2 .
He passed away in 1972 living on a farm in Roane Co.
I,m sure many men that worked for him will remember him.
I remember once that he told me that he wouldn,t
ask a man to do any job that he would not do.
All the years that he worked in the mines
I never once heard him complain about going to work.
Provided By:
His son
Doug Ashby


Van Buren "Gomie" Ball
Born May 6, 1909
Died May 23, 1984
Worked Westmoreland Coal Co.


Provided By:
His Daughter
Jeanette Ellis


Denver R. Ball
Born December 17, 1917
Died June 7, 1990
Worked Eastern Coal Co.
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Provided By:

Jeanette Ellis



Don F. Bias
Born March 20, 1920
Died August 26, 1995
Worked Westmoreland Coal Co.

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Provided By:

Jeanette Ellis



Freddie Thompson
born July 16, 1937
Died April 22, 1982
Southern Appalachian Coal Co.
Died from Cancer
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Provided By:

Jeanette Ellis