(04/21/2010)
The April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal killed 29 West Virginia Miners. Their names are listed below.

One of those, William Roosevelt Lynch, 59, of Oak Hill, was a Glenville State College alumni. See detailed account of Lynch's history with GSC

The recent tragedy at the Massey Energy Company mine is the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1970, according to the Associated Press.

A candlelight memorial was held Tuesday night at Glenville State College. Forty people were in attendance.

Forty people attended the Tuesday night candlelight memorial
for the 29 miners recently killed in southern West Virginia.
One a Glenville State College alumni. (Photo by Drew Moody)

The invocation and prayer was given by Reverend Mark James of the Wesleyan Foundation. Dr. Peter B. Barr, president of the college, and Marlon Henry, president of the student government association, spoke briefly.

The names of the victims were read aloud.

Mary Sue Bailey sang inspirational songs in memory of the miners.

The event was organized by the Glenville State College Student Government Association.

The miners killed in the blast were:

Carl Acord, 52, of Bolt

Jason Matthew Atkins, 25, of Foster

Christopher Lee Bell, 33, of Crab Orchard

Gregory Steven Brock, 47, of Clear Creek

Michael Lee Elswick, 56, of Elkview

William Griffith, 54, of Glen Rogers

Ricky Workman, 50, of Colcord

Robert Eugene Clark, 41, of Beckley

Kenneth Chapman, 53, of Fairdale

Cory Davis, 20, of Dawes

Timmy Davis Sr., 51, of Eskdale

Steven J. Harrah, 40, of Cool Ridge

Edward Jones, 50, of Beckley

Richard Keith Lane, 45, of Cool Ridge

William Roosevelt Lynch, 59, of Oak Hill

Joe Marcum, 57, of Delbarton

Ronald Maynor, 31, of Clear Creek

Nicolas McCroskey, 26, of Beckley

James "Eddie" Mooney, 50, of Ashford

Adam Keith Morgan, 21, of Pineville

Rex Lane Mullins, 50, of Lively

Josh Napper, 25, of Pomeroy, Ohio

Howard Payne, 53, of Cabin Creek

Dillard Persinger, 32, of Crab Orchard

Joel "Jody" Price, 55, of Beckley

Gary Wayne Quarles, 33, of Naoma

Deward Allan Scott, 58, of Montcoal

Grover Dale Skeens, 57, of Montcoal

Benny Willingham, 61, of Corinne


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