His last 16 years have been with Massey, where he was a member of the coveted "Old Man Crew" of the mines, who had vowed to "stay together" until they retired.
Acord, 52, had worked in mines for 34 years and liked the work, Cline said.
The 40-year-old enjoyed hunting deer in Pocahontas County, said father-in-law Jack Bowden Junior, who also is director of the Raleigh County Emergency Operating Center.
In a hometown obiruary it was said of Harrah: "Steve enjoyed hunting though he was never concerned with killing anything.
He was among those finishing a 10.5-hour shift when the explosion happened, his wife said.
Steve Harrah was "always thoughtful and would give you a hand," his father-in-law said.
"They went to the same high school, and they just knew each other and started dating," said Bowden, who choked up as he spoke.
"It's pretty rough."A 1988 graduate of Shady Spring High School, Harrah served in the US Army for six years, having held duty stations at Fort Drum, N. Harrah had been employed for Massey Energy for the past 10 years.
Steve enjoyed playing poker though he was never concerned with winning anything.
They've been together ever since -- usually enjoying the outdoors while hiking, hunting, fishing or gardening.
The 58-year-old Montcoal resident had been a miner for 21 years and loved his job.
"Benny was the type he probably wouldn't have stayed retired long," Prillaman said.
"He wasn't much of a homebody."Gary Quarles' life was consumed by his wife and two children.
The 33-year-old from Naoma took trips every summer to Myrtle Beach, S.