Funerals Begin For Victims Of W.Va. Mine Blast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Mullens, W.Va. (AP) -- About 300 mourners have packed a church in West Virginia as funerals start for some of the 25 victims killed in a mine explosion.

The Rev. Gary Pollard of Mullens Family Worship Center said Friday that Benny Willingham was going to be remembered for his generosity and how he lived his life for God.

Willingham recently gave a used car to a stranger and was known for other acts of kindness.

Willingham was a Vietnam veteran and became a Christian 19 years ago this week.

He was a miner for over 30 years.

Willingham's funeral is one of several scheduled Friday.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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