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1918 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
FRED REES TOOTHMAN, 95, of Titusville, Fla., formerly of Huntington, W.Va., died Saturday, April 26, 2014, in St. Francis Hospice Care Center Titusville. Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington with Pastor Trent Eastman officiating. Burial will be in Woodmere Memorial Park. Fred was born October 26, 1918 in Hepzibah, W.Va., (Harrison County) a son of the late Glenn J.R. and Elsie Rees Toothman. He graduated Victory High School, Clarksburg, W.Va., School of Mines, West Virginia University, (B.S.E.M. 1941) (M.S.E.M. 1946), Post Graduate School, U.S. Naval Academy, Aerology, 1945. He worked during school vacations as a member of surveying crew, Hutchinson Coal Co., Fairmont, WV 1934-1939. Worked on summer job at Gary, W.Va., for U.S. Coal and Coke Co., 1939; and at Holden, W.Va., for Island Creek Coal Co. 1940. He entered the Navy as an Ensign in 1941 and served two terms of duty in Pacific area during Word War II. Then a Lieutenant Commander in the Navel Reserve (Retired). Fred was employed by the C & O Railway Company as a Field Engineer, Coal Development Department, July 1, 1946, promoted to Mining Engineer in 1950, served two years as Assistant Director, Materials and Equipment Division; U.S. Solid Fuels Administration in Washington, D.C., on leave of absence 1951-53. Promoted to Administrative Assistant-Engineer in 1957 and to Engineer of Coal Properties in charge of the Department in 1959, Director of Coal Development-C & O/B & O, March 1, 1966 and Assistant Vice President September 1973. He was a member of West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (President 1965-66), American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Chairman of Central Appalachian Section 1962, Chairman Coal Division 1967, Board of Directors, SME 1968-1972, Advisory Board, WVU Chamber of Commerce, WV (Land Use and Natural Resources Committee, and Chamber of Commerce, Huntington, W.Va. (Transportation Committee-Huntington, W.Va.). He was an Elder at Enslow Park Presbyterian Church and a member of the New Baptist Church. Some of his honors were Sigma Gamma Epsilon, WVU 1938, Tau Beta Pi, WVU 1939, Letter of Commendation, Admiral Halsey, 1943, Sigma Xi, WVU, 1946, and Who's Who is Science and Industry, 1976. He wrote a publication: "Conveyor Mining in West Virginia" Research Bulletin # 22, WVU (1946) and 5 books; Coal In My Blood, Great Coal Leaders, Great Football Coaches. WV, Working For the Chessie System and Tim The Little Kitten. He was preceded in death by his first wife Nadine Bailey Toothman. Survivors include his wife Velma S. Neale Toothman; one son, Brent H. Toothman of Titusville, Fla., and a stepson Steven B. Neale Jr., and wife Letha of Fla.; one granddaughter, Megan Toothman Zapfel of Chapin, S.C.; two great-grandsons, Glenn Zapfel III and Rees Zapfel. Veterans Honor Guard Post 16 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. on Thursday. Online condolences may be sent to www.chpmans-mortuary.com.
Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Apr. 30, 2014
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