CABIN CREEK, W.Va. -- The sign tacked to Timmy Davis Sr.'s porch reads, "Coal Miner Blvd."
Davis took pride in his work. But he'll never go to work again. Neither will his nephews, Cory Davis and Josh Napper.
All three men died in the explosion that rocked the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County on Monday.
"We just lost a big chunk of our family," said Misty Davis Cooper, Timmy Davis Sr.'s daughter.
Cooper's family gathered at her father's home in Cabin Creek Tuesday. They were told that the three men's bodies were found together.
"They all went to sleep together," Timmy Davis Jr. said. "My dad and his two nephews."
Two other family members also were at the mine Monday, but they survived: Davis Sr.'s son, Cody, and brother, Tommy, who lost his son, Cory.
"We knew something was wrong," said Cody Davis, whose shift started just minutes before the explosion. "The wind and everything just kept coming. It never stopped."
Davis Sr., 51, had worked for Massey Energy about 20 years. He would have been off work Tuesday, Cody Davis said.
"We would have been fishing," he said.
Hunting and fishing were Timmy Davis Sr.'s passions, his family said. He also loved joking around and spending time with his family, including five grandchildren.
But he always worked hard, too.
Ten years ago, a work accident put his father out for more than a year, Timmy Davis Jr. said. He lost all his teeth. He needed a knee replacement.