In Honor of My Grandfathers

Memorial for:

Garland Howell, Tomahawk, Martin County, Kentucky

George Moore, Wolf Creek, Martin County, Kentucky

Both of my grandfathers worked in the mine for years.  Neither passed away as a result of a mining accident.  My Papaw Howell fell ill to lung cancer when I was young.  He was still working in the mine when he got sick and passed away shortly thereafter when I was 6 years old.  My Papaw Moore retired from the mines.  He fell sick many years after leaving the mines.  The United Mine Workers was very attentive to him and my grandmother throughout his illness, which lasted a couple of years.  They even called to check up on my mamaw after he had passed on.  I would like to send out a special thanks to the United Mine Workers for their help and concern through that difficult time.  I would like to thank both of my grandfathers for their service to our country via the coal industry.

One thought on “In Honor of My Grandfathers

  • November 9, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Very nice post, I was raised in the Tri-City area of Harlan County and mining was the only industry around. I later worked at International Harvester at Benham before they sold out, and that made my great granddad, both of my papaw’s, my dad, and several of my uncles that had worked for the same company.
    Miners are special people. Most are just good ole hard working honest folks.

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