(02/18/2002)
LK NURSERY FOUNDER IS DEAD - "Slim" Lett Loved His Rhododendrons One of the founders of the Little Kanawha Nursery at Newark, Wirt County, died February 16 in a Parkersburg hospital. Richard E. "Slim" Lett, 74, of Newark started in the nursery business 60 years ago at the Conner and Amos Nursery in Kanawha County.

He then came to Wirt County to begin raising tens of thousands of rhododendrons. Slim continued to work at the nursery until his death.

The nursery and raising rhododendrons was Slim's life. He enjoyed working with and educating his co-workers in the propagation of flora, fauna and nursery management.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, February 19 at 11 a.m. in the Bush Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with the Rev. Robert Stanley officiating. Burial in the Fought Cemetery at Newark. Visitation from 2 to 4 p.n. and 6 to 8 p.m. today.

He is survived by brother, Arvin Sargent of Waverly; sisters, Emma Cooper of Red House and Nancy King of Poca, in addition to nieces and nephews.


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