Roosevelt Lynch was a longtime Oak Hill resident who coached basketball, football and track and taught on the high school and middle school levels.
"A lot of people around town called him Coach," Melvin Lynch said. "He would substitute teach, then coach and then work in the mines. He used to have that rigorous schedule."
Oak Hill High basketball coach Fred Ferri said Roosevelt Lynch also competed in a summer basketball league in Beckley.
"He was in excellent condition," Ferri said. "He played last summer. He's out there running with kids. Roosevelt was a heck of an athlete."
Joe Marcum was married to Kathy Maynard Marcum for 39 years. For 35 of those years, he was a coal miner.
The 57-year-old was a member of the Church of the Living God and a charter member of the Lenore Volunteer Fire Department since 1982.
He leaves behind two daughters, Kathy Jo Marcum and Garnet Marcum Murphy, many nieces and nephews and an extended family.
The Democrat known as "Joe Bug" also was a mainstay in Mingo County politics.
Halcy Hatfield of Elk Creek, a longtime friend and former member of the Mingo County Commission, said the 57-year-old Marcum owned a trailer near the mine site and sometimes stayed there instead of making the hour-plus drive home.
"He was a tough man. Hard worker," Hatfield said. "He's going to be badly missed by the whole community. A lot of people looked up to him and depended on him and he always came through."
Ronald Lee Maynor
Ronald Lee Maynor of Clear Creek enjoyed hunting year-round. A photo of him hangs above an ice cream freezer at a local convenience store that doubles as a game-checking station. The photo shows him wearing camouflage and holding the head of a freshly shot deer.
According to his obituary, the 31-year-old Maynor helped his daughter Kaitlyn kill her first squirrel last year and took her fishing. He also enjoyed tossing a football and wrestling with his son Hunter and took him for rides on his all-terrain vehicle.
Maynor and his wife, Helen, were married 11 years.
Nick McCroskey, 26, was a bundle of energy and a devoted sports fan, said longtime friend Shanda Staton.
The Beckley resident "was full of life," Staton said. "I mean, he loved life."
McCroskey graduated from Bluefield State College in 2006 with an engineering degree and loved a variety of sports.
He regularly attended NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway in Virginia, and also loved to go four-wheeling and dirt bike riding. He was a fan of baseball, water skiing, hunting and fishing and owned a motorcycle, said Staton, who attended college with McCroskey.
"He was loyal," she said. "He was sweet and helpful and underneath it all, he was kind-hearted."
James 'Eddie' Mooney
James "Eddie" Mooney loved life and loved to make people laugh.
He was a hard worker and always put his family first. The 51-year-old was married to Sheila Mooney for 33 years and left behind his daughter Misty and her husband Eric Case, his 14-year-old son Austin and a big extended family. He was a member of the Rumble Community Baptist Church.
Mooney, a miner for more than 20 years, was a hard worker and enjoyed taking his son hunting and fishing. He liked spending time in the woods, camping and four-wheeling. He also loved to take his 1978 Corvette out for a cruise on the weekends.
Adam Morgan wore No. 24 on Wyoming East High School's football team in his senior year in 2006 when the Warriors made the state Class AA playoffs.
More than his athletic abilities, Principal Barry Smith recalled Morgan for his manners.
"As a principal you don't remember everyone, but you do remember kids who are nice and students who are polite, and that's what I remember about him," Smith said. "Very cordial and just kind of quiet."
Wyoming East held a moment of silence Monday for Morgan, 21, of Pineville, and three other victims of the disaster - 2001 graduate Nick McCroskey and two miners whose relatives worked at the school.
Go to Rex Mullins' home in Lively, and it becomes obvious what college team he rooted for - the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Mullins' den is decorated in the gold and blue school colors, including two WVU recliners.
"He really loved West Virginia," said Mullins' brother, Clay Mullins of Pax. "He always had football jerseys and basketball jerseys."
Mullins said his 50-year-old brother regularly attended Mountaineer football games in Morgantown and basketball games during annual trips to Charleston.
Rex Mullins would go on and on about former football coach Rich Rodriguez, who left in a firestorm for Michigan after the 2007 season.
"He didn't like Rodriguez and the way Rodriguez left us. That upset him," Clay Mullins said. "He was happy with the football program. He talked about how the program's doing and how much better we'd become."
And he was especially happy with the basketball team's season that culminated in a Final Four appearance in Indianapolis. That came two days before the explosion that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch Mine.
"He was waiting for them to win a national championship," Clay Mullins said.
When 25-year-old Josh Napper started his job in the mines a few months back, he showed his fiancée, Jennifer Ziegler, an envelope with a handwritten note inside.
"'You keep it sealed until something happens to me,'" his mother, Pam Napper, recalled him saying.
Ziegler opened the envelope after last Monday's explosion and rushed to show it to Pam Napper, who was gathered with other families awaiting word on the miners' fate.
"I want you to read something," Pam Napper recalled Ziegler saying.
As soon as she opened the letter, "I knew it was his handwriting," Pam Napper said. "Josh in his heart knew that something was going to happen."
The letter was written to the couple's 19-month-old daughter and the two women.
"If anything happens to me, I will be looking down from heaven," his note read.
Howard 'Boone' Payne
Howard "Boone" Payne was a "gentle giant" in his early 50s with flaming red hair and broad shoulders.
"He would go out of his way to help someone," said his brother-in-law, Terry Wright of Roanoke, Va. "He loved to have fun. He was quiet and loved his family."
Payne began working as a coal miner shortly after graduating high school in 1977. He had worked for Massey Energy for eight to 10 years.
Wright said Payne, 53, never expressed any fears about his profession. As a former coal miner, himself, Wright understands why.
"You know any mistake may be the last day of your life. You know any day you work may be your last. But you just can't think about that. You can't stay in mining and think about that."
Dillard 'Dewey' Persinger
Dillard Earl "Dewey" Persinger was proud to be a coal miner. He'd worked for Massey Energy for two years when the disaster happened.
The 32-year-old will always be remembered as someone dedicated to his friends and family.
He loved spending time with his wife, Heidi, and two sons, James and Devin. In his book, family was the most important thing in the world.
Persinger loved country music and often listened to it in his spare time.
He was a lifelong resident of Crab Orchard.
Joel 'Jody' Price
Joel R. "Jody" Price, 55, spent four years in the Navy.
A member of St. John United Holiness Church, he is survived by his wife, Dorean D. Price, stepsons John Jones and Alan Johnson, grandchildren Peyton Jones, Myron Johnson, Jasmine Johnson, Caleb Johnson, Malcolm Johnson, Amiya Johnson and Trenton Jones and his extended family.
Bishop Fred Simms of Heart of God Ministries officiated at Price's funeral and said Price was known for his frequent family barbecues.
Gary Quarles' life was his wife and two children.
The 33-year-old from Naoma took trips every summer to Myrtle Beach, S.C., with the kids, ages 9 and 11, and his wife.
"He liked to hunt and spend time with his kids," Janice Quarles said. "That was about it. That's all he did."
He liked to hunt everything from raccoons and deer to wild boar, and he had wanted to stay home from work Monday, the day of the explosion, because his children were still on Easter break, she said.
Janice Quarles said her husband was a quiet, laid-back man nicknamed "Spanky."
He started coal mining when he was 18. He was among those finishing a 10.5-hour shift when the explosion happened, his wife said.
Deward Scott met his wife, Crissie, when she was his karate student. The pair loved to go hunting together - Deward taught her to bow hunt when they first met nearly 20 years ago, she said.
They had been together ever since - usually enjoying the outdoors hiking, hunting, fishing or gardening. The 58-year-old Montcoal resident had been a miner for 21 years and loved his job. He was kind and outgoing, Crissie Scott said.
"He was a Christian man who loved to help people," she said, her voice cracking. "He's one of those people that once you met him, you wouldn't forget him."
Grover Dale Skeens
Grover Skeens found religion later in life and was involved in that extensively, said his brother, Gary Skeens of Dunbar.
Grover Skeens, 57, of Montcoal, was one of five siblings who grew up in Twilight, Boone County.
Skeens joined the Marines after the Vietnam War before becoming a coal miner like his brother Gary.
"Mostly, his passion was work," said brother-in-law, Jimmy Dale Massey. "He started out in the coal mines at an early age. He's been working there for almost 30 years."
About 15 years ago, Skeens was baptized and had a strong church involvement ever since.
Benny R. Willingham
For Benny Willingham, retirement was just five weeks away.
The 61-year-old from Corinne had been a coal miner for 30 years and spent the last 17 working for Massey, said his sister-in-law, Sheila Prillaman. Willingham and his wife were supposed to go on a cruise next month to the Virgin Islands.
"Benny was the type - he probably wouldn't have stayed retired long," Prillaman said. "He wasn't much of a homebody."
Willingham was remembered at his funeral as a generous and religious man who had recently given a stranger his used car. He was known for other random acts of kindness, like filling up a gas tank or giving away $10.
Ricky Workman had an affection for wheels.
One of the first images on his MySpace page is a motorcycle. The 50-year-old Colcord resident loved his Harley-Davidson, and in the summer drove miniature race cars, said his niece, Tammy Cruz of Cleveland.
Workman's MySpace page also listed watching dirt track races, fishing, hunting and spending time with family as his favorite activities. He and his wife, Annette, have three daughters and seven grandchildren.