Luther J. Milam Sr.


Luther James "Ruggie" Milam Sr., 75, of Stanaford, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born June 21, 1924, at Saxton, he was the son of the late Lewis and Emily Stewart Milam. Mr. Milam was a retired coal miner having retired from Siltix Mines of New River Co. He was a member of Chestnut Knob Christian Church at Layland and American Legion Post No. 32 in Beckley. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in World War II. He was a former P.O.W. and was combat wounded and awarded the Purple Heart along with other medals. He was also a member of the UMWA district 29 and a member of the V.F.W. Post 3110 of Oak Hill. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Cena Sanger, Elsie Milam and Nellie Kerr; and seven brothers, Dennis, Blaine, John, Wirt, Ray, Ward and Arlie Milam. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Glenna Mae Bennett Milam of Stanaford; one daughter, Bonita Kay Holtzapfer of Beaver and son-in-law, Frank Holtzapfel of Stanaford; two sons, Luther J. "Buddy" Milam and wife Tonya of Georgetown, Del., and Kenneth Ray Milam; four grandsons, Michael Holtzapfel and wife Christie of Stanaford, Christopher Holtzapfel, Shawn Milam and Jeremy Milam; two granddaughters, Amber Milam and Lorie Bak and her husband Todd; one great-granddaughter, Hope Holtzapfel; and two great-grandsons, Tyler and Jacob Bak. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Chestnut Knob Christian Church at Layland with the Revs. Bill Lilly and Gene Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Layland Cemetery at Layland with military rites by V.F.W. Post 3110 of Oak Hill. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

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