West Virginia Mine Explosion
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West Virginia Mine Explosion Memorial Site: Notable Deaths & Obituaries

The most viewed memorials & obituaries in the West Virginia Mine Explosion Memorial Site.

MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) — Searchers found four bodies deep in a West Virginia coal mine shattered by an explosion, raising the death toll to 29 and ending an excruciating week for families holding onto faint hopes that their missing miners had somehow survived. Crews are to soon begin the bleak task of carrying out 22 bodies from Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine, though officials said Saturday no timetable has been set. Seven bodies were removed after Monday's blast, making it the...
A photo of Ronald Maynor hangs on the wall above the ice cream freezer of the convenience store run by Kathy Duncan. He is fresh-faced and grinning, wearing camouflage and holding the head of a freshly shot deer. Duncan's daughter, 29-year-old Nichole Howell, was in high school with Maynor and knows both him and his wife, Helen. "He's one of the best people you could ever meet. You've never heard anyone say anything bad about him," Howell says, bursting into tears. Maynor...
Gary Quarles' life was consumed by his wife and two children. The 33-year-old from Naoma took trips every summer to Myrtle Beach, S.C., with the kids, ages 9 and 11, as well as his wife. The family often went fishing along the New River there. "He liked to hunt and spend time with his kids," Janice Quarles said. "That was about it. That's all he did. Gary Quarles started coal mining when he was 18. He was among those finishing a 10.5-hour shift when the explosion happened,...
Carl Acord Obituary (AP News)

Carl Acord shared a big Easter dinner with family...

Howard Payne Obituary (AP News)

Howard "Boone" Payne was a "gentle giant" in his...

Benny Willingham Obituary (AP News)

For Benny Willingham, retirement was just five...