Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

May 5, 2014

Sincerest thanks to people of Pocy

— — Writing in regards to the Pocahontas Coal Mine wedding that took place April 5 in Pocahontas, Va., we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the good people of Pocahontas.

It began last June while on vacation visiting the Exhibition Coal Mine in Pocahontas. Our guide Raymond Coomer, a retired coal miner, himself a very kind and knowledgeable person, led us through the museum and coal mine. We became overwhelmed with his manner of speech and expression, and his love for the coal mine, and the charm of the small town of Pocahontas.

We are especially grateful for the ladies at the town hall. Juanita Labrowski, exhibition mine and museum manager, made it possible and assisted us in obtaining the OK for the ceremony and introducing us to Vice Mayor Jerry Gravely who actually made it all happen.

He allowed us access to the old opera house, courthouse, and various historic sites around the town for photos. And he gave my new bride Angel a ride on his ATV through the mine as not to soil her gown, for this we were very grateful.

Also we would like to express our deepest thanks, to Rev. Carlos Hess of the First United Methodist Church of Pocahontas, also a retired coal miner, who graciously performed the ceremony, dressed in his coal mining attire, and allowed us to enter the church to change and take photos. We were very blessed to have friends such as these and remain forever grateful.

The state of Virginia has the Shenandoah Valley and other beautiful sites, but none such as the beautiful town of Pocahontas — quaint and nestled in the mountains and streams flowing in Tazewell County. Not to mention its wealth of history and being one of the first bituminous coal mines in the country. The town’s people are very kind and friendly to us. There’s no other place on earth we would rather be.

Again we thank all of the good people who made it happen and the beautiful little town of Pocahontas.

Mr. and Mrs. David J. King

Laurel, Del.

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