The Latest: Memorial held for WVa helicopter crash victims
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on a memorial service for billionaire coal executive Chris Cline and his daughter, Kameron Cline (all times local):
Thousands have gathered in West Virginia to say goodbye to billionaire coal executive Chris Cline and his daughter, Kameron Cline, who were killed last week in a helicopter crash.
Cline’s attorney and longtime friend, Brian Glasser, delivered a eulogy at Friday’s memorial service in Beckley, saying Cline’s plans sometimes failed but that he didn’t get caught up in the failure and just kept moving forward.
Glasser spokesman Joe Carey said Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins, WVU President Gordon Gee and Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert were among those attending the service at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
An earlier version was corrected to reflect the name of the facility is Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Friends and well-wishers who gathered in Beckley on Thursday, remembered billionaire coal executive Chris Cline as a person who used his wealth to help people in trouble, often anonymously.
The Register-Herald reports orthopedic surgeon Joe Prudhomme was one of several speakers at the community vigil. He told the crowd that once he and Cline stopped at a gas station and saw a sign about someone needing a bone marrow transplant.
Prudhomme says Cline covered the full cost of the stranger’s operation.
Cline lived in Beckley for years when his daughter Kameron Cline was a child. That is how she and Beckley native Delaney Wykle became friends. Those three and four others were killed last week when their helicopter crashed after taking off from a remote private island in the Bahamas.