By ROGER HORTON, president

Citizens for Coal

April 5, 2013

Three years ago today, West Virginia’s coal mining family was grieving. We lost 29 of our own that day.

As an industry, management, union, non-union, individual miner, we must ALL understand that we are part of one big family — a brotherhood of coal. Families argue about some things … but we remain family. We share the work, the dangers and the grief when tragedies happen.

Thankfully, events like UBB are getting fewer and farther between with each passing year, but we still lose far too many individual miners to the silent tragedies — ones that may get a brief mention in the newspaper for one day. We have talked about UBB for three years and it will never be forgotten, but each of these “little” tragedies is a big tragedy to someone — the loss of a parent, a child, a brother, a sister, a friend.

The Bible asks “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The answer is yes, we are.

In memory … here are the names of those who died three years ago today:

  • Carl Acord, 52
  • Jason Atkins, 25
  • Christopher Bell, 33
  • Gregory Steven Brock, 47
  • Kenneth Allan Chapman, 53
  • Robert Clark, 41
  • Charles Timothy Davis, 51
  • Cory Davis, 20
  • Michael Lee Elswick, 56
  • William I. Griffith, 54
  • Steven Harrah, 40
  • Edward Dean Jones, 50
  • Richard K. Lane, 45
  • William Lynch, 59
  • Nicholas Darrell McCroskey, 26
  • Joe Marcum, 57
  • Ronald Lee Maynor, 31
  • James E. Mooney, 50
  • Adam Keith Morgan, 21
  • Rex L. Mullins, 50
  • Joshua S. Napper, 25
  • Howard D. Payne, 53
  • Dillard Earl Persinger, 32
  • Joel R. Price, 55
  • Deward Scott, 58
  • Gary Quarles, 33
  • Grover Dale Skeens, 57
  • Benny Willingham, 61
  • Ricky Workman, 50

Rest in Peace, Brothers …

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