The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Montcoal Mine Disaster

April 14, 2010

Profiles of victims from mine disaster

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BECKLEY —



William Lynch

William Roosevelt Lynch, of Oak Hill, 59, played basketball at Glenville State College and kept his love of sports alive through his participation with Red Devil athletics.

In addition to serving as an assistant for the Oak Hill High School football program, he also helped with basketball both there and at Collins Middle School.

Lynch left behind Genny, his wife of 37 years, two children and soon to be four grandchildren.



Nicholas McCroskey

Nick McCroskey was a bundle of energy and devoted sports fan, said longtime friend Shanda Staton.

The 26-year-old Beckley resident “was full of life,” Staton said. “I mean, he loved life.”

McCroskey graduated from Bluefield State College in 2006 with an engineering degree and loved a variety of sports.

He regularly attended NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway in Virginia also loved to go four-wheeling and dirt bike riding. He was a fan of baseball, water skiing, hunting and fishing and owned a motorcycle, Staton said.

“He was loyal,” said Staton, who attended college with McCroskey. “He was sweet and helpful and underneath it all, he was kind hearted.”



Adam Morgan

Adam Morgan wore No. 24 on Wyoming East High School’s football team in his senior year in 2006 when the Warriors made the state Class AA playoffs.

More than his athletic abilities, Principal Barry Smith recalled Morgan for his manners.

“As a principal you don’t remember everyone, but you do remember kids who are nice and students who are polite, and that’s what I remember about him,” Smith said. “Very cordial and just kind of quiet.”

Wyoming East held a moment of silence Monday for Morgan, 21, of Pineville, and three other victims of the disaster — 2001 graduate Nick McCroskey and two miners whose relatives worked at the school.



Josh Napper

Josh Napper was a hulking man with a simple claim to fame: He could bench press more than 500 pounds.

“If there was any way he could, he could have moved half that mountain,” said Napper’s cousin, Timmy Davis Jr. “That’s about all he did was lift weights.”

The 25-year-old Napper came to work in the coal mines just two months ago after working in the health care industry in his hometown of Rutland, Ohio, Davis said.

“He made decent money in Ohio,” Davis said. “He just knew it was more money underground. He came here for the money.”

Napper lived in Giles with his grandparents and spent his days off with his infant daughter, Davis said.

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