The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 8, 2013

Hylton family endows scholarship fund at BAF


— Warren and Patty Hylton each have connections to Beckley College.

Warren attended Mullens High School and Greenbrier Military Academy before enrolling at Beckley College. His classes there took him on to Marshall University, where he studied engineering and business management.

After graduating from Shady Spring High School, Patty also attended Beckley College and then went on to Bluefield State and Marshall University, where she earned a master’s degree. Returning home, Patty worked for 18 years at Beckley College.

Understanding the importance of area young people having access to higher education close to home, the Hyltons generously established a permanently endowed scholarship fund through the Mountain State University Foundation. When MSU and the related MSU Foundation ceased to operate in December 2012, it was necessary to make another disposition of the funds. The Beckley Area Foundation now manages the Hylton Family Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The annual net income generated by the fund will be used for scholarships for college qualified students who demonstrate both academic promise and financial need, and reside within the coal-producing counties of southern West Virginia. Recipients must be students pursuing college degrees at the University of Charleston - Beckley. Selection of the recipients shall be the responsibility of the admission/financial aid offices of UC-Beckley.

Tracy Warren Hylton II was born in Mullens, to Tracy and Betty Jo Foster Hylton. While living in Mullens, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church; active in the Boy Scouts, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout; and played basketball and baseball. He has two brothers, Robert “Bob” and Mack.

Warren served in the 150th Armored Calvary of the National Guard; learned about farming, hunting and fishing from his grandfathers; and became involved in mining at an early age under the tutelage of his father, Tracy. He has also been active in politics including his father’s state senate races.

Warren began several mining and excavating companies based in Raleigh County, notably Eller Inc.; Tammy Lynn Coal Co.; and Upper Laurel.

“Creating successful local businesses that employ local people is a huge gift to our community,” commented Susan Landis, executive director of BAF, “but Warren’s contributions go far beyond. He has served on the board of Flat Top Lake Association, City National Bank, and the West Virginia Coal Association. Warren and Patty helped form and lead the Friends of Coal and its Auxiliary since the organizations were started.  He has been active in supporting the YMCA’s Friends of Coal Auto Show.”

“The Hyltons donate privately and corporately to hosts of community projects without fanfare or public recognition.”

Patty is the daughter of S.B. and Beulah Tate of Shady Spring. She has been active in Quota Club, Junior Woman’s Club, 4-H Clubs, Girl Scouts, and various youth and horseman’s associations.

Patty and Warren have two daughters, Traci Jo and Morgan, and a son, Adam.

Anyone may make additional donations in any amount to this or any other fund established at the Beckley Area Foundation.

Contact BAF for information about making a gift or starting a new named fund for the charitable purpose of your choice. E-mail susan@bafwv.org or call 304-253-3806.