James “Eddie” Mooney, 51, of Ashford went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 5, 2010, after a mining accident at Performance Coal Company, Montcoal, on that same day.
Eddie was a loving husband, dad and brother. He was a member of Rumble Community Baptist Church. Eddie loved life and he loved to make people laugh. He had been in the mining industry for over 20 years. He was a hard worker and he always put his family first. He enjoyed taking his son hunting and fishing. He also liked camping and four-wheeling. On the weekends he loved to take his 1978 Corvette out for a cruise.
Eddie was born on Dec. 19, 1958, and was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary Mooney; and father-in-law, Austin Kirk.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Sheila Mooney; daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Eric Case of Palm Coast, Florida; 14-year-old son, Austin Mooney; mother-in-law, Jean Kirk of Ashford; six brothers and sisters and their spouses, Butch and Peggy Mooney of Peytona, Chuck and Sharon Mooney of Drawdy, Patty “Sissy” and Wendy Woodrum of Cleveland, Ohio, Punk and Karen Mooney of Drawdy, Agnes Love of Ohio and Ginny and Michael Graley of Whiteoak; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Roger Barker of Costa.
Funeral services were held on April 16 at Rumble Community Baptist Church with Pastor Richard Harold officiating. Burial followed at Holstein Cemetery, Dartmont.
Though your smile is gone
forever, and your hand I cannot touch, I still have many memories of the one I love so much. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part. God has you in His keeping; I have you in my heart.
Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, is in charge of the service.
Gary Wayne Quarles
Gary Wayne Quarles of Naoma went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 5, 2010, in a mining accident at Performance Coal Company.
He was born July 1, 1976, in Charleston, the son of Gary and Patty Quarles of Naoma.
Gary was a loving and caring father and son and enjoyed spending time with his family. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers with his dad and children. He always had a smile on his face and everyone loved him.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Lorrine Quarles and Mary Peters.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his two children, Trevor and Rebekka Quarles; grandfather and his wife, Norman and Sandy Peters of Naoma; and extended family members, Debra Quinn, Billy Quinn, Donna Gunnoe, Ricky Gunnoe, Lisa Williams, Kenny Quarles, Penny Quarles, Lee and Lisa Miller, Anita and John Price, Kay and Jackie Miller, Francis and John Coffey, Diane Dickerson and Gary Williams Jr.
Funeral services were held on April 14 at Sylvester Baptist Church, Sylvester, with the Rev. David Cook and the Rev. Ricky Peters officiating. Burial followed at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.
Timmy Davis, 51, of Eskdale passed away April 5, 2010.
Timmy loved fishing, hunting with his bird dogs and riding his Rhino.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and co-workers.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Davis of Eskdale; children, Timmy Davis Jr. at home, Cody Davis at home, and Misty Dawn Cooper and husband David of Leewood; grandchildren, Caitlyn Davis, Hunter Cooper, Cadence Davis, Kyndall Cooper and Izabella Davis; parents, Charles and Linda Davis of Giles; sisters, Pam and husband Scott Napper of Meigs, Ohio, and Trina and Mike Crockett of Gastonia, N.C.; and brother, Tommy Davis and wife Cindy of Dawes.
He will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held April 13 at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with the Rev. Larry Brown officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, is serving the Timmy Davis family.
Nicolas McCroskey, 26, of Beckley passed away Monday, April 5, 2010, following injuries sustained at Performance Coal's Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal.
Born Oct. 29, 1983, in Beckley; he was the son of Debra Lynn McCroskey.
Nicolas loved to hunt and fish, water sports, and loved his boat; he also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson. He was a 2001 graduate of Wyoming East High School and a 2006 graduate of Bluefield State College.
Nicolas was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Howard and Lola Coomes and Edith and Delbert Worley.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving mother, Debbie Lynn McCroskey of Penhook, Va.; grandparents, Julie and Darrell Worley, whom he called “Nan and Dad”, of Penhook, Va.; an aunt, Shelby King of Dunbar; a cousin, Hillary King of Dunbar; and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on April 15 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, with the Rev. Larry Lafferty officiating. Nicolas was laid to rest at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.
Ryan Cox, Aaron Cook, Brian Morgan, Braxton Huffman, Matt Adams, Jeremy Hedinger, Spud Milam, Kenny Coomes, Jody Coomes and Dusty Williams will be serving as pallbearers.
Cory Thomas Davis
Cory Thomas Davis, 20, of Cabin Creek passed away April 5, 2010, at Ellis Mines at Montcoal.
Cory loved nature, hunting, fishing and putting his truck in the mud.
He was a 2008 graduate of Riverside High School.
He is survived by parents, Tommy and Cindy Davis of Cabin Creek; the love of his life, Emily Pritt; brothers, Seth Owen Davis and Nate Davis, at home; paternal grandparents, Charles and Linda Davis of Giles;
maternal grandparents, Dave and Tish Jarrell of Dawes. He will be missed by his many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and all his best friends, and they know who they are.
The family would like to especially acknowledge his very special buddy, Andy Rogers.
Funeral services were held on April 14 at Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, with the Rev. Chuck Morgan, the Rev. Mike Long and Pastor Louie Jefferies officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.
Pryor Funeral Home, East Bank, is serving the Davis family.
Grover Dale Skeens
Grover Dale Skeens, 57, of Montcoal died April 5, 2010, at Upper Big Branch Performance Mine, Montcoal.
He was a Christian, coal miner, and a Marine veteran.
He is survived by a daughter, Renee Bishop of Uneeda; a son, Jeff Skeens of San Antonio, Texas; sisters, Shirley Massey of ottageville, and Judy Lailer of Kannapolis, N.C.; and brothers, Gray Skeens of Dunbar and Bucky Skeens of Killeen, Texas.
Military graveside rites with Daniel Boone VFW Post 5578, Madison, were held on April 14 at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, with Jim Massey officiating.
A simple goodbye to a great man, Grover Skeens, beloved father, man of God, and brave coal miner.
Arrangements are by Handley Funeral Home, Danville.
Michael Lee “Cuz” Elswick
Michael Lee “Cuz” Elswick, 56, of Elkview went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 5, 2010, after a terrible mining accident.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Lee and Willidean Elswick of Wharton.
Michael was an employee of Massey Energy, a dedicated coal miner of 36 years. He was a
member of the Dunbar First Church of God and a very dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he met.
Michael is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Bobbie Elmore Elswick; son, Jeremy Elswick; daughter, Jami Cash and husband, Philip; and grandchildren, Justin and Hannah Cash, all of Elkview; sister, Pam Miller of Wharton; and brothers, Larry Elswick of Charleston and Steven Elswick of Wharton.
He will be very deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
God bless all the families who lost their loved ones that horrific day at the UBB Mine.
Funeral services were held on April 14 at Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, with Pastor Larry McCallister officiating. Burial followed at Elmore family
cemetery, Dutch Ridge.
Joshua Scott Napper
Joshua Scott Napper, 25, Salem Center, Ohio, passed away on April 5, 2010, as a result of the mine disaster in West Virginia.
He was born on Aug. 22, 1984, son of Scott and Pam (Davis) Napper.
He was a 2002 graduate of Meigs High School and a 2006 graduate of the Hocking Tech. Nursing School. He was an avid body builder and an avid football fan of The Ohio State University and the Miami Dolphins. He loved the outdoors, camping, 4-wheeler riding and golfing, and he loved to dance. He worked as a nurse at Hickory Creek Nursing Home and he loved his patients and cared deeply for them. He went to work for Performance Coal Company at the Upper Big Branch Mine because he wanted to be a coal miner like his uncles, Tim and Tommy, and his cousins, Cody and Corey. They had a nickname for Josh, “Big Bad Josh.”
He attended the Rutland Church of God and dedicated his life to Jesus and was baptized by Pastor Ron Heath. The church family was very special to Josh. He rededicated his life to Jesus on Easter Sunday at the Rodney Pike Church of God by Pastor Ken Bynam.
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Darwood Napper; his mawmaw, Girthel Petty; and his uncle, Tim Davis; and cousin, Corey Boyd Davis, both of whom were also in the mine disaster.
He is survived by his parents, Scott and Pam (Davis) Napper; sister and brother-in-law, Amanda and Matt Justice; daughter, Jenna Leigh Napper; fiancée, Jennifer Ziegler; nephews, Dawson and Aiden Justice; grandparents, Mary Napper and Charles and Linda Davis; aunts and uncles, Chris and Sheila Napper, Terry (Sandy) Napper, Trina and Mike Crocket, Tommy and Cindy Davis, Aunt Glenda, Aunt Peggy and Aunt Deanna; cousins, Kate and Shane Napper, Kelly Napper, Tim Davis Jr., Cody and Kayla Davis, Jonathon and Mandy Crocket, Travis Crocket, Seth Owen Davis, Nathan Davis.
Josh loved life, but most of all he loved his daughter, Jenna, and affectionately called her “Peanut.” Josh wanted to make a life with Jennifer and Peanut. He loved them dearly. He said in his letter that he would be looking down on them from heaven…for them not to worry. He would be home. Tell Linda her blue-eyed poochy-pie will be watching over them.
Josh will be sadly missed by all, but especially by Mom, Dad, and his sister, Mandy.
A quote by his Uncle Tom: “Death is no big bridge to cross, it's just a gateway to your new home.”
Funeral services were held on April 17 at Rutland Church of God.
Ricky Workman of Colcord went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 5, 2010, in a mining accident at Performance Coal Company, Naoma.
He was born July 4, 1959, in Sundial and was a son of the late Clark Workman and Almira Bearfield.
He loved playing with his kids and grandchildren. He was also a Harley Davidson enthusiast and loved go-cart and nitrous car racing.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Susan Figuaro and Linda Tucker; and two brothers, Jerry Belcher and Pat Belcher.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Annette Workman; three daughters, Monica White and husband, Wally, of Colcord, Heather Whitt and husband, Willie, of Colcord and Chantal Hale of North Carolina; six sisters and brothers, Clark Workman and wife, Marge, and Edie Cawdell and husband, Pat, all of North Carolina, Brenda Barnett and
husband, Sommer, of Ohio Linda Williams and husband, Ronnie, and Judy Dickens and husband, Jr., all of Beckley, and Diane Murray and Sandy Glass of Whitesville; six grandchildren, Hailey, Isaiah, Tyler, Cameron, Amara, and Ethan; and many nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends.
Funeral services were held on April 16 at Clear Fork Worship Center, Artie, with the Rev. Greg Scarbro officiating. Burial followed at Burrell Branch Cemetery, Clear Creek.
Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, is in charge of arrangements.
Howard Payne Jr.
Howard Daniel “Boone” Payne Jr., 53, of Cabin Creek died April 5, 2010, as a result of the mining accident at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in Raleigh County.
Boone worked for Massey Energy at the Upper Big Branch Mine for the past 12 years and was a member of the UMWA prior to that. He was also a member of Charleston Moose Lodge 1444 and loved to hunt, fish and play basketball.
His grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Bertha Branham Payne; and granddaughter, Hannah Stanley.
Surviving are his son, Jason Payne I and his wife, Tiffany, of Marmet; daughter, Erica Stanley and husband, Jeremy, of Marmet; father, Howard Daniel Payne Sr. of Belle; sisters, Shirley Whitt and husband, Jack, of Charleston and Sherry Keeney and husband, Fred, of Charleston; girlfriend, Bobbie Gee-Pauley; grandchildren, Marissa and Jayden Stanley, River and Jason Payne II, Brennan Young, Chloe Hall and Sky and Tyler Sovine; nieces, April Amburgey, Ashley Whitt; nephews, Josh Whitt and wife, Amy, and Craig Keeney;
great-niece, Natalie Whitt; great-nephew, Rece Amburgey; and many friends.
Funeral services were held on April 17 at Sharon Church of God, Cabin Creek, with Chaplin Mike Jarrett and brother-in-law, Jack Whitt, officiating. Burial followed at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.
Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is in charge of the arrangements.
Rex Lane Mullins
Rex Lane Mullins, 50, of Lively died April 5, 2010. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Pax Advent Christian Church, Pax. Burial will follow in the Dock Lively Cemetery, Long Branch. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Tyree Funeral Home, Mt. Hope.
Christopher L. Bell Sr.
Christopher L. Bell Sr., 33, of Crab Orchard died April 5, 2010. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley. Friends may call two hours prior to service. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
James E. Goldsberry
James E. Goldsberry, 87, of Madison passed away on April 10, 2010, at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston.
Funeral services were held on April 14 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with Jerry Shaw officiating. Burial was held at Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted, Ohio.
Delbert D. Hartshorn
Delbert D. Hartshorn departed this life on April 11, 2010, at Logan Regional Medical Center at the age of 59.
Funeral services were held on April 16 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Stacy Dingess officiating. Burial followed at Memory Gardens, Madison.
Erma M. Richie
Erma M. Richie, 101, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., formerly of Peytona, W.Va., passed away on Monday, April 12, 2010, at Isabella County Medical Center, Mt. Pleasant.
Funeral services were held on April 19 at Peytona Church of Christ with Minister Richard Runion officiating. Interment
followed at Clendenin Cemetery.
Helen Katherine Ross
Helen Katherine Ross, 95, of Overland Park, Kan., formerly of Emmons, Boone County, passed away April 7, 2010, at Trinity Nursing Center, Merriam, Kan.
Funeral services were held on April 15 at Ashford Church of God Holiness with Pastor Bart Elkins officiating. Burial followed at Barker Cemetery, Ashford.
Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, is in charge of arrangements.
Rodney Manuel Bradley
Rodney Manuel Bradley, 70, of Clothier passed away April 13, 2010, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.
Funeral services were held on April 16 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Joe Lane officiating. Burial
followed at Memory Gardens, Madison.
Jimmy L. Green
Jimmy L. Green, 46, of Gordon died March 29, 2010.
Funeral services were held on April 17 at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Burial followed at Callaway-Martha Cemetery, Spurlockville.