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Cory Davis Obituary

Cory Davis played baseball in high school and followed his family into the mines.

The 20-year-old from Dawes, W.Va., worked with his father, Tommy Davis, and cousin Timmy Davis Jr. at a surface mine, but all three were laid off in the past two years. And all three ended up at Massey.

Cory Davis loved the outdoors and would often spend his weekends at a family camp on a mountaintop.

"We'd just run around, build a fire, ride four-wheelers," Timmy Davis Jr. said. "Our life was kind of boring. We're kind of hill folks. We stay up on the mountain."

Cory Davis was one of 29 miners killed by a huge explosion April 5, 2010 in an underground coal mine owned by Massey Energy Co. in West Virginia - the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1970.


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