April 9th, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Mourners in coal towns say goodbye to fallen miners

Benny Willingham was the type of person who would make sure you got home safely after he jumped your car battery. The kind of man who made sure to fix a leaky faucet or take out the trash at church. The grandpa who would never miss a grandson's ball game, even if he had to pull the first shift at a coal mine just hours later.

Willingham, 61, was laid to rest Friday, four days after a massive mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Naoma snatched his life and those of at least 24 others.

Hundreds filed into tiny mountain churches Friday to mourn four of their loved ones in southern West Virginia, where faith runs as rich and deep as the very coal seams that thousands risk their lives to extract.

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  1. kathy martinez

    pray for the the families! We hope that these energy companies will start putting human lives ahead of the almighty dollar. nobody should have to work in conditions like this! GOD BLESS WEST VIRGINIA!

    April 10, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Claire

    Hope, love and lots of prayers for comfort and healing to the family, friends and communities. Stay strong, and take good care of one another.

    April 19, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |