Woodrow Wilson McGlothlin


GRUNDY, Va. - Woodrow Wilson McGlothlin, 91, of Oakwood, Va., a well known coal operator and friend of education, departed this life to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005.


Mr. McGlothlin began work in his family's coal mine on Garden Creek in 1926. In the 1930s he worked for Oakwood Smokeless Coal Company. In the 1940s he became the Office Manager for Page Pocahontas Coal Corporation, a position which he held until 1954 when he and his business partners bought the company and formed Garden Smokeless Coal Company. He served as Office Manager and co-owner of Garden Smokeless Coal Corp. until 1956 when he and his partner, John Crigger, formed Diamond Smokeless Coal Company. Mr. McGlothlin later became the sole owner of Diamond Smokeless Coal Company. In 1970 he, his son, James W. McGlothlin, his nephews, H.A. Street and Nick Street, and their friends, Dennis Compton and Burton Fletcher, formed United Coal Company, which later became The United Company. He was an owner and the Treasurer of that company until his retirement in 1998. In 2000, Mr. McGlothlin was named a laureate in the Business Hall Fame of the Tri-Cities.


Mr. McGlothlin was a friend of education who graduated from Triangular Mountain Institute (TMI) in 1933 and Emory & Henry College in 1937, where he was a member of Gamma Theta Epsilon and a life member of the Patrick Henry Society. He was Emory & Henry College's 1988 Alumnus of the year and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane letters degree from the college in 1991. He served as a member and past President of the Emory & Henry College Board of Visitors. He taught school in Buchanan County for the 1937-1938 school year. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Virginia's College at Wise; and as a member of the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer of the Appalachian School of Law. He was the Chairman of the McGlothlin Foundation which he established in 1998 to benefit the education, cultural, and health care needs of our area.


In 1996 Mr. McGlothlin was inducted into the Buchanan County Hall of Fame. He served as a member of the Buchanan County School Electoral Board; as a member of the Buchanan County Hospital Board; as a member and past Chairman of the Buchanan County School Board; as a member and Past President of the Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce; and as the Postmaster at Page, in Buchanan County, Va., from 1945 to 1961.


He supported numerous civic activities, including the Boy Scouts of America on whose Executive Board he was a member. The Boy Scouts of America awarded him the Silver Beaver Award in 1988 and the Silver Eagle Award in 1995. He was a Shriner and a 32nd Degree Mason, who was a member of the Kazim Temple and Sandy Valley Lodge No. 17 AM & FM, of Grundy, Va.


He is survived by his son, James W. McGlothlin and his wife, Francis, of Bristol, Va. and Austin, Texas, and his daughter, Martha Ann (McGlothlin) Gayle, and her husband, Al Gayle, of Bristol, Va.; his son, Thomas Dale McGlothlin and his wife, Suzanne, of Bristol, Tenn., and his daughters, Julia McGlothlin Stogoski and her husband, Eric Stogoski, and their son, John Charles Stogoski, of Washington, D.C., and Anna McGlothlin Goodwin and her husband, Eric Goodwin, and their daughter, Julia Elizabeth Goodwin of Easley, S.C.; and his son, Michael G. McGlothlin and his wife, Sandra, and their sons, Alex McGlothlin, Aaron McGlothlin, and Asher McGlothlin, of Grundy, Va. He is also survived by two sisters, Nannie (McGlothlin) Lockhart of Tazewell, Va., and Helen (McGlothlin) Counts, of Bluefield; a special niece, Nancy (Cook) Duty, and her husband, Russell (Buddy) Duty, of Rowe, Va.; and his primary caregivers who were, Michelle Fields, Tammi Wolfe, Shelia Murray, Rhonda Nunley, and Becky Kiser, and his other caregivers who were Eileen White, Merle Hale, Debbie Adkins, Amanda Stump, Bobbi Keene, Daphine Alexandra, Irene Strouth, and Debbie Compton.


He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sally Ann (Cook) McGlothlin; his parents, Benjamin Franklin McGlothlin Sr. and Annie Louise Jackson McGlothlin; and his brothers, Ed McGlothlin, Harve McGlothlin, Henry McGlothlin, John McGlothlin, Frank McGlothlin, Stuart McGlothlin; and his sisters, Mae (McGlothlin) Street, and Rose (McGlothlin) Wampler.


The family will receive friends between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at the Emory and Henry College Chapel, in Emory, Va., with the Reverends Ray Amos, Lester Frank, and Ancil Childress presiding. Burial will follow in the McGlothlin Family Cemetery on Garden Creek, in Buchanan County, Va., at approximately 5:30 p.m.


Active pallbearers will be his nephews, Harold Cook, Van Hamlin, Bascom B. Matney, James L. McGlothlin, Joseph Blair McGlothlin, David L. Miller, William H. Miller, Russell Street, and Edmund Wampler.


Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Cook, Bobby Cook, Jim Cook, Johnny Cook, Leslie Cook, Perry Cook, Bill Coxton, Claude Crigger, Brooks Crumpton, Jack Davis, Winston Ely, David Elkins, Jeff Elkins, Jerry Elkins, Claude Ellis, Lucius Ellsworth, Mike Fletcher, Jimmy Hess, Clayton Keen, Preston Lee Keen, Willard Keene, Frank Kilgore, Frank Leonard, Don Matney, Cecil McGlothlin, Donald A. McGlothlin Jr., Kevin McGlothlin, Norman McGlothlin, Tom Morris, Joe Mullins, Ray Mullins, H.C. Pratt, Fred Presley, Charlie Quillen, Wyatt Ratliff, Glen Smith, Joseph Smitty, H.A. Street, Nick Street, Charlie Syndor, Richard Trollinger, Dr. Fred Williams, Kenneth Woods, Oakley Woods, the Trustees of the Appalachian School of Law, and the members of the Board of Directors of Emory & Henry College.


Memorial contributions may be made to: The Appalachian School of Law, P.O. Box 2825, Grundy, VA 24614; Emory & Henry College, P.O. Box 947, Emory, VA 24327-0947; or the Garden United Methodist Church, P. O. Box D, Oakwood, VA 24631.


Grundy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.