Robert Eugene Clark, who was born in Logan County, loved spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, fishing, hunting, restoring vehicles, golfing, wood working, boating and mechanic work.
Clark, 41, of Beckley, was a proud father to son, Steven Robert Clark, and a devoted husband to wife, Melissa.
He was described as a “caring, loving person who never met a stranger.”
Cory Davis played baseball in high school and followed his family into the mines.
The 20-year-old from Dawes worked with his father, Tommy Davis, and cousin Timmy Davis Jr. at a surface mine, but all three were laid off in the past two years. And all three ended up at Massey.
Cory Davis loved the outdoors and would often spend his weekends at a family camp on a mountaintop.
“We’d just run around, build a fire, ride four-wheelers,” Timmy Davis Jr. said. “Our life was kind of boring. We’re kind of hill folks. We stay up on the mountain.”
Timmy Davis Sr.
Timmy Davis Sr. loved coal mining — and when he wasn’t doing that, he was out hunting and fishing.
“My dad was the best hunter and fisher you’ve ever seen. The biggest buck or bear would come to him so he could shoot them,” said Timmy Davis Jr. “He’s got five or six in here. He’s killed a lot of big deer.”
Davis Jr. said his uncle Tommy Davis and brother Cody Davis also were at the mine at the time and survived the blast.
Cody Davis and his father were best friends, Davis Jr. said. Cody Davis was in his way in at the time of the blast, said Davis Jr., who works as a coal truck driver.
“He loved to work underground,” the younger Davis said of his father, who was from Cabin Creek, W.Va. “He loved that place.”