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West Virginia, located at the heart of the Appalachian region in the southern United States, is the only state that formed by separating from a Confederate state during the Civil War (Virginia) to rejoin the Union. Known for its hilly and mountainous terrain, historically a major home of the coal mining and logging industries, West Virginia today draws substantial tourism thanks to recreation destinations like Monongahela National Forest, Seneca Rocks, Harpers Ferry, and the Greenbrier resort. The state’s largest employers include Walmart, West Virginia United Health System, the Charleston Area Medical Center, Kroger, and Consol Energy. Famous people from West Virginia have included Civil War general Stonewall Jackson, test pilot Chuck Yeager, evangelist T.D. Jakes, scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., and country singer Brad Paisley.
In 2016, there were 12,188 obituaries reported in the state of West Virginia on Legacy.com. This is a 31% increase from 2015 when 9,324 obituaries were reported in West Virginia. You can browse through the full list of West Virginia obituaries to find life stories that may be of interest to you.