He went back to work as soon as he could, his children said.
"If he would have made it out today, he would have been back tomorrow," Davis Jr. said.
Napper, 25, had moved from Ohio a few months ago, his family said. He had worked in nursing, but hoped to make more money in mining. A hulking man, his claim to fame was being able to bench-press 500 pounds. He had an infant daughter.
Cory Davis, 20, played high school baseball and followed in his father Tommy's footsteps when he went to work in the mines.
Near the Davis home, coal trucks wound around the curves of Cabin Creek Road, past railroads lined with empty cars waiting to be filled.
Up until this week, Timmy Davis Jr. drove one of those trucks. He was laid off.
"I lost my dad and my job in the same day," he said.
The 30-year-old doesn't want to drive coal trucks again. He wants to leave the state. Maybe find a warehouse job.
"I'm gonna find a whole new lifestyle."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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