Nicolas McCroskey

  • Born: October 29, 1983
  • Died: April 5, 2010
  • Location: Beckley, West Virginia

Blue Ridge Funeral Home Memorial Gardens & Cremations

5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive
Beckley, WV 25801
Tel. (304) 256-8608

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Nicolas McCroskey, 26, of Beckley, passed away Monday, April 5, 2010 following injuries sustained at Performance Coal’s Upper Big Branch Mine at Montcoal, WV.

Born October 29, 1983 in Beckley; he is the son of Debra Lynn McCroskey.

Nicolas loved to hunt and fish, water sports, and loved his boat; he also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson. He was a 2001 graduate of Wyoming East High School and a 2006 graduate of Bluefield State College.

Nicolas was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Howard and Lola Coomes and Edith and Delbert Worley.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving mother, Debbie Lynn McCroskey of Penhook, VA; grandparents, Julie and Darrell Worley who he called “Nan and Dad” of Penhook, VA; an aunt, Shelby King of Dunbar, WV and a cousin, Hillary King of Dunbar, WV; and a host of friends.

Services will be 1:00PM Thursday, April 15, 2010 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley with Rev. Larry Lafferty officiating. Nicolas will be laid to rest at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, WV.

Ryan Cox, Aaron Cook, Brian Morgan, Braxton Huffman, Matt Adams, Jeremy Hedinger, Spud Milam, Kenny Coomes, Jody Coomes, and Dusty Williams will be serving as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family from 5:00PM until 9:00PM Wednesday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry and wish to express my deepest condolences with the McCroskey family. He will no doubt be missed but we know that there will be a short time when all those in the memorial tombs will come out and live in Paradisaic conditions (John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:3,4).

Posted by Guest    April 30, 2010


I am so sorry to hear about Nicolas. I remember him as being a bright energetic little fellow with great promise. From everything I understand about him he lived up to that promise. I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you in this very difficult time. If there is anything I can do to help you please do not hesitate to call.

My warmest personal regards.

Michael F. Gibson

Posted by Michael F. Gibson - Princeton, WV - Friend   April 29, 2010

May god bless your family and keep you in his care.We are praying for you

Posted by Mr & Mrs James Hardy - Beckley, WV - no relation   April 27, 2010

We want to extend our deepest sympathy to all the family of this brave coal miner. God bless you all and be assured that America does appreciate their life and what they sacrificed for all of us and their families.

Jerry & Debi

Posted by Jerry & Debi Moye - San Antonio, TX - Brother and Sister in Christ   April 26, 2010

I had not seen all of the miners photos until the service at the Civic Center today. I never knew Nic's last name so when I had read it before it didn't connect. It did hit home however when Nic's picture was shown as your family walked down the aisle. It took the wind out of me as I exlaimed "OMG thats my friend" to wife. I wanted your family to know that I would have been there offering my support and I would have attended the funeral as well, if only I had known. I should have paid closer attention. If I can ever be of any assistance please do not hesitate to get ahold of me.

I've knew Nic through the YMCA. Over the years we've worked out together, told jokes, and exchanged stories. Usually he was fairly quiet though and went about his workout. The one thing that stood out about Nic was his character. He was was an outstanding young man that his family could be proud of. I could always count on Nic to give me a spot if the wieght was to heavy or to let me work in on the equipment he was using when the gym was over crowded. He was inspiring and motivated me when I thought I was too tired to finish a workout. All I had to do was to look over and see the rings of coal dust around his eyes, the tired look on his face from a long day of mining, and the determination to push through and get his workout completed. It reminded me that others worked even harder than myself and still managed to finish their workout.

He was raised very well as evidence of how he treated people. He helped out others in the gym as well and he was polite and curtious each time. He emulated everything a parent would want their son to grow up to be. I'm thankful for the time I got to know him and I'll cherish the memories I have.
I will truely miss seeing him at the gym.

For the kindness he had extended to me over the years please don't hesitate to call if there is anything I can do. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.

Clay Jones 304-731-8562

Posted by Clay Jones - Beckley, WV - Friend   April 26, 2010


My condolences to your family. I lost my father in the Sunshine Mine accident in 1972. Know that Nicolas is safe in the arms of our Lord.

Posted by Rick Findley    April 22, 2010

We are so sorry for your loss - our prayers and heart are with you.

Posted by DanaKee (Shutt) and Randy Clegg    April 20, 2010

May god bless you, we are praying for the family.

Posted by Alphonso & Virgie Morrow - beckley, WV - Conserners   April 18, 2010

My family comes from a long line of coal miners.GreatGrandfather's,Grandfather's,
Father's,Uncle's,Nephew's,Cousin's and Friend's. Jo Marcum was like a Uncle to me so my family knows some of your pain. May God comfort and strengthen your family in the days to come. And may you find comfort and peace in your warm and loving memories of your loved one.


Posted by Diana,Jeffrey,J.R.,Jeff Pauley & Madlene Marcum - South Point, OH   April 17, 2010

We did not know Mr McCroskey but as members of that special brotherhood of coal miners, we both send our sincere sympathy. May God's loving hand guide you through this most difficult time

Posted by Jennifer Dunlap and Arvil Chambers - Danville, WV   April 16, 2010

To the McCroskey family: I only knew Nick a short time before he was so abruptly taken away, however during that time I realized what a truly special man he was. Nick's smile spoke volumes to everyone he met and really drew you in. He was so genuine in his words and actions, I'm so sad I didn't get to spend more time with him but so grateful for the time I did have with him, he will be greatly missed.

Posted by Nikki Walters - Wytheville, VA - Friend   April 16, 2010


To Debbie, and Mr. and Mrs. Worley and family.
I remember when Nick and my brother use to play ball together growing up. I also remember when he was little and at the games you all would always cheer him on. Nick was always a respectful young man and kind-hearted. My prayers go out to his family. My God Bless You and Keep You In His Loving Arms. So sorry for your loss. Nick will be missed by many people.
From: The Echols and Moorehead Families.

Posted by Andrea Echols Moorehead - Anawalt (Itmann), WV - Friend   April 15, 2010

Prayers to all of you in the loss of Nicolas. I cannot imagine the pain you feel - God will heal you and you will see Nic again someday. God Bless.

Posted by Dana Atkins Johnson - Advance, NC   April 15, 2010

Debbie, Darrell and Julie...We are in utter disbelief! Mother found this on the internet yesterday evening(Wednesday)April 14. She tried to call you but the number she has is not a working number. We are beyond sorry about Nick. We loved him as we love you. Please let us hear from you. Mother's number is 850 248 4033 and mine is 850 248 0415. Praying for you, Carolyn and Dorothy

Posted by Dorothy Farley/Carolyn Bunting - Lynn Haven, FL - Neighbors for 30 years   April 15, 2010

My prayers go out to Nick's mother and family...

Posted by Ashey (Walker) Williams - Beckley, WV - college friend   April 15, 2010

Debbie and Family:

I am Cassie Finney's mom,and she graduated with Nick. She talked about Nick all the time and is very upset at the loss of Nick. I am very sorry for your loss of a such a good person that was taken too soon. Please let me know if there is anything we can do.


Betty Finney Osborne

Posted by Betty Finney Osborne - Gretna, VA - Family Friend   April 15, 2010

Many thoughts & prayers for Nick's family. I pray God will hold them in His loving arms & give them the strength and the faith to get through this trying time. I will forever love & miss you, Nick. Sooo so many great memories with you--just cut too short. See you on the other side, you crazy thing.

Posted by Amanda (Massie) Donnelly - Mullens, WV - close friend   April 15, 2010

Debbie, Judy, Shelby and Darrell:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We watched Nick grow up and was very proud of his accomplishments.

Jerry and Brenda Willingham

Posted by Brenda Sue Willingham - Beckley, WV - friend   April 15, 2010

My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. Nick was a good person and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him. Even though I have lost touch threw the years, I have many memories of Nick that I will cherish forever. May God Bless each and everyone of you.

Posted by Brandee Phillips-Ellis - Pineville, WV - Friend   April 15, 2010

Debbie, Shelby, Julie, and Darrell - Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I can not imagine the sadness you feel - my heart goes out to each of you. Love to you all -

Posted by LeAyn Davidson Easterwood - PA - friend   April 15, 2010

To the McCroskey family: I am so very sorry for your loss. Nick was an awesome person to be around, such a great personality. He will never be forgotten, through his family and friends his memories will live on. I hope that god gives you the strength you need to get through this tough time in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Nick!

Posted by Carrie "Sneed" Ambrocio - St. Petersburg, FL - high school friend   April 15, 2010

Nick and I were never close friends in high school, but I do remember how friendly he was. Even if just walking down the hall to lunch, he would speak to anyone. His smile remains a beautiful memory to me...very contagious. I was deeply saddened when we all found out that Nick and the other three remaining miners didn't make it. He will be greatly missed. To his family: My prayer is that in your times of loneliness, when answers to questions just aren't there, when you have no other choice but to give up, look up because God has Nick where he wanted him to be, safe from harm. I pray that in the days, weeks, and months ahead that God's loving arms are around you, that comfort and peace are constant in your life. Keep Nick's light shining through the lives that you all live. He wouldn't have given up for anyone. Cherish the memories and be reminded of God's promise to see him again in Glory. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Allison Adkins - Pineville, WV - High School Friend   April 15, 2010


Posted by shelly cook - mullens, WV - friend   April 15, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. Jeremy and him had been friends for so long. My prayers have been with you since that horrible day. May God give you the strength to help you get through this horrible time.

Posted by Chrystal Webber-averette - Lacey, WA - friend   April 15, 2010

Debbie and family
I am so sorry for the loss of Nick. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Joanna Shields Mills - Mullens, WV - Classmate of Debbie's   April 15, 2010

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers each and everyday. You have been since day one. Lord is with him now and he is smiling down on his family

Posted by Shannon & Sara Fields - Rogersville, TN   April 15, 2010

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Nick was a really great guy. It has been a few years since we had crossed paths but I will cherish his memory always. He will be missed by so many. May God wrap his arms around you with comfort.

Posted by Bridgett Price-Walker - Oceana, WV/Asheboro, NC, NC - Friend   April 15, 2010

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Rachel Pertee - Huntington, WV   April 15, 2010

Praying for the family and friends of all who has suffered this loss. We can remember hanging out with Nick in college, he was a great guy, and always fun to be around. He had a great heart and a great spirit about him. We'll miss you buddy. God Bless!

Posted by Jessica (Sarrett) McBride & Josh McBride - Hurricane, WV - Friends   April 15, 2010

Debbie, Judy and Darrell:
I'm so sorry for your loss. Nick was my friend, my little buddy. I will always remember shooting ball with him on Poplar Street. May God bless you.

Bubba Willingham

Posted by Jared Willingham - Lexington, KY - friend   April 15, 2010

Remembering this special young man and knowing that his memory will be in the hearts of so very many. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Posted by Jennifer Thompson Morgan - Bluefield,, VA   April 15, 2010



Im so sorry for your loss. I only met Nick a couple of times but he was a great guy. you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Maggie Ramplewich - Beckley, WV   April 14, 2010

Darrell,Judy and Debbie I am so sorry for your loss!! My heart goes out to each and everyone of you.. He was so yound and a great guy who share alot of wonderful memories with that i will treasure for a lifetime!! If you need anything at all please let me know.

Posted by ashley pedri - penhook, VA - friend   April 14, 2010

I am sorry for your loss and i wish you was here with your friends and family.

Posted by Shasta and Nicholas Hatfield - Pineville, WV - A friend   April 14, 2010

My Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time... So sorry to head about your loss... May God put his Loving Arms around each of you and give you comfort.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

Denise Rhodes
506 Fred Burns Road
Holly Springs NC 27540

Posted by Denise Rhodes - Holly Springs, NC   April 14, 2010

Judy i am sorry for your lost... you are in my prays

Posted by samantha mckinney - stephenson, WV   April 14, 2010

We are deeply saddened to hear this about Nick. We will definitely keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. Love Anthony & Darra Combs

Posted by Anthony & Darra Combs - Rock, WV - cousin   April 14, 2010

I am so sorry about your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I can not believe that this awful tragedy has happened and my heart just breaks for you guys. Wished I could be there to give you all a hug. Love you all, Katrina

Posted by Katrina Cook Beverly - Cynthiana, KY - Friend   April 14, 2010

I didn't know him but my heart goes out to all the families that lost loved ones. I lost some friends in that explosion.This was a disaster that didn't have to happen.May God be with each and everyone of you.

Posted by Cathy Thompson - Charleston, WV   April 14, 2010


Posted by edith bolen - dobson, NC   April 14, 2010

To all of the family,we are very sorry for loss of Nick.We know he was a very good friend to our grand son ,Greg.Our prayers go up for you.Love Richard & Sue

Posted by Richard & Sue Moorefield - Princeton, WV - Friends   April 14, 2010

I went to high school with Nick, you have my most heart felt sympathy. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Joel Perry - Wilmington, NC   April 14, 2010

Judy, Darrell, Debbie, Shelby and Hilary....Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this VERY difficult time. I know how are very much Nic meant to each and every one of you and what a very special guy he was. My heart is breaking for you all. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do. Love you much & Miss you....Mandi and Steven.

Posted by Steven and Mandi Davidson - Perrin, TX - Family   April 14, 2010

We would like to send our heartfelt and deepest symphathies to the McCroskey family. Nick went to school with my daughter, Pamela and my son, Dustin. He also knew my nephew, Mike Monroe. He was a good kid and was developing into a great young man. He will truly be missed. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sara Viers Monroe - Allen Junction, WV - Friend of my Children   April 14, 2010

Ms. McCroskey, I am so saddened and heartbroken for you and your family. I pray that God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. My son, Josh, played college baseball at Concord College when Nicholas played for BSC. My son, Patrick, knew your son from time spent at the Y.M.C.A. I am the wife of a WV Coal Miner. Our family just wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Angela Wright - Beckley, WV   April 14, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tara Davidson - Roanoke, VA - family friend   April 14, 2010

I am so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Adrianne Stump Belyea - Apex, NC   April 14, 2010

sorry for your loss may god be with you all

Posted by charles underwood buck - princeton, WV - friend of family   April 14, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about Nick. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Jackie Berry Duggins - Clemmons, NC - South Mullens Neighbor   April 13, 2010

So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you. I know Nick will be sorely missed.

Posted by Sandra Taylor - Mullens, WV - none   April 13, 2010

I know how much this must be hurting and there aren't any words that can help.Just know that our prayers are with you in this terrible time.

Posted by Rita Porter - Llemon Grove, CA - Great Aunt to Hillary King   April 13, 2010

Please know how sorry I am for your loss. Although I did not know Nicolas I lost a cousin and friends in the mine accident. God watch over you all and shower you with his love during this time towelledskins

Posted by Dillie Farley - Martinsville, VA   April 13, 2010

Nick was such a great person! We often crossed paths at the YMCA. He had shared with me larger goals in life than just being a coal miner! I prayed and prayed that he would be the miracle at that mines! Nevertheless, Nick is in a better place and Heaven just got a special angel! You will always be in my thoughts and your family in my prayers.

Posted by Scott Sizemore - Beckley, WV - Friend   April 13, 2010

We are at a loss for words that express our sorry for the loss of Nick. He was a member of Warrior Baseball teambut for 4 years and I have a many memories of this fine youngman. It is hard to come to terms with this tragic accident and nothing can be said or done to ease the pain He will be greatly missed.
Chief & Gwenn

Posted by Ron "Chief" & Gwenn Mayhew - Pineville, WV - Baseball Coach   April 13, 2010

Debbie, Judy, Darrell, Shelby-I am so very sorry for your loss. I did not know Nick but from reading the condolences he was a great guy! Debbie and Shelby-I remember the good times Lisa and I shared with ya'll growing up...time goes by so fast. We have a promise from God that you will see Nick again in Heaven, that is your hope. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Posted by Tina Sisk Adkins - Winston Salem, NC - Family Friend   April 13, 2010

May God bless each of you during this time, God bless you all

Posted by Kathy Hall Osborne - Jesse, WV   April 13, 2010

Please accept my deepest and sincerest sympathy for your loss. Not only is WV mourning for you but the whole world mourns your loss. May God bless each of you.

Posted by Mary Meadows - Proctorville, OH   April 13, 2010


Our family will keep all of ya;ll in our prayers---May the Lord give you Peace.

Posted by The Sisk Family    April 13, 2010

prayin for you an your family

Posted by connie mccroskey milam - pct, WV   April 13, 2010

You will be sadly missed but never forgotten. I just cherish the memories I have of you. May God comfort your family.

Posted by Daniel Bishop - Lashmeet, WV - Friend   April 13, 2010

I was in the Civil Engineering Program @ Bluefield State College with Nick. He was always such a happy outgoing person. He was a wonderful guy and I will never forget his smile. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.

Posted by Katrina (Mullins) Estep - Welch, WV - Friend   April 13, 2010

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. So sorry for your loss. God bless

Posted by Janet and Dean Cloninger - Mascot, TN   April 13, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Nick,I am Emilie Kate's mother and I know how much he meant to Emilie Kate and Jeremy. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that you will see Nick again one day! My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Debbie Conrad    April 13, 2010

We are are so sorry for your loss. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God's love all around you.
In Christ, Tammy, Robbie and Robbin Harris

~Snuggle in God's arms. When you are hurting, when you feel lonely..let Him cradle you, comfort you, reassure you of His all-sufficient power and love. _Kay Arthur~ God bless.

Posted by Robbie and Tammy Harris - Hurdle Mills, NC - Sister in Christ   April 13, 2010

You and your family are in my prayers. When I think of Nick I remember the cute little boy sitting in my classroom and you coming every week to volunteer your help. Nick was so proud to have his Mom would see a smile and his eyes "light" up when you were there. May good memories help you get through this difficult time and months ahead.

Barbara Caldwell

Posted by Barbara Lane Caldwell - Salem, VA - Friend   April 13, 2010

We are so very sorrow for your loss. Can't even imagine your pain! May God bless you and help you through this difficult time. Candy and Lenny

Posted by Candace and Lenny Smith - Charleston, WV - Friend of Shelby   April 13, 2010

I'm so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you all. I know God will give you the strength to get through this. It doesn't take the hurt & sorrow away tho. My heart goes out to each & every one of you.

Posted by Bridget Day - Woodleaf, NC   April 13, 2010

I know that no words can help ease your pain at this time, but please know that you are in so many thoughts and prayers all along the United States. I want to thank you on behalf of myself and those around me for the work that Nicolas gave to us. I am from the coalfields of West Virginia and several of my family memebers are miners. I truly do appreciate all that was given and all that was lost.. May God Bless each and everyone of you during this time.

Posted by M. Jones - Morehead, KY   April 13, 2010


Nick was light hearted and so fun to be around. I attended Bluefield State College with him and a few WVU games as well. May God Bless you All.

Posted by Shaun & Tabitha Bailey - Friend   April 13, 2010

Debbie (& Family),
Words cannot express my sincere sadness and hurt for your loss. I realize how special Nick was, but sadly moved away and didn't get a chance to know him. I do know how much you all loved him and can only imagine your pain.
Please know that we send our love, prayers, and comfort.
Debbie, sure wish I could give you a big hug and take some of your pain. There is no love like the love you have for your child.
Many prayers and much love,

Posted by Teresa Bishop Lambert - Cape Girardeau, MO - Classmate of Debbie   April 13, 2010

debbie and family,
we are so sorry for your loss! nic was a good kid you did a great job in raising him! he will be sadly missed! our prayers are with you and your family..

Posted by ron and kim johnson - corinne, WV   April 13, 2010

Judy, I can't tell how sorry I am. You have been on my mind since this has happened. My heart breaks for you and the rest of the family. I along with Bill,and the girls will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Love Susie, Bill, Adrianne and Amber Foley

Posted by Susie Foley - mullens, WV - friend   April 13, 2010

I am a member of Massey in Richmond and wanted to let you all know how very sorry I am for your loss. I absolutely cannot imagine what you are going through, while I did not know Nicolas to lose anyone so young is such a tragedy. Please know that Nicolas and his family/friends are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Erica Kusterer - Richmond, VA - Massey Co-Worker   April 13, 2010

Shelby I am so sorry for your loss and are keeping you and your family in our prayers may god comfort you in your time of grief Nick was a very handsome young man and now a beautiful angel

Posted by Angie Stanley - charleston, WV   April 13, 2010

debra an judy havent seen you all in yrs but have thought about you all often i remember when debra was born right ater my bro greg my mom was janette mccroskey im so sorry for your familys loss NICK was a very handsome man im vey sorry.would have loved to have known him an to debra im so very sorry for you wish we would have known each other since we are cousins. I PRAY FOR YOU AN YOUR FAMILY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Posted by connie milam - princeton, WV - debbies cousin   April 13, 2010

Praying for you and your family during this time.

Posted by Kenneth & jeannie Cline - Crab Orchard, WV   April 13, 2010

My family has been praying for ALL the miners lost in this tragic accident. We pray you have peace and comfort during this time. You dont know me but the world knows the pain your going through my husband is a miner and as mining families often do we stick together. May God bless you.

Posted by Donna Kiblinger Hockett - Stanaford, WV - A Coal Miners Wife   April 13, 2010

My heart aches for your loss of Nick. He was such a nice young man, although I hadn't seen him for year's. Micheal kept me updated. I have the fondest memories of him playing ball and you always being there to support him. I hope your heart heals with the memories of him

Posted by Angie Thomas - Piney View, WV - Friend of Family   April 13, 2010


I am very sorry for your loss. Nick was a good friend of my sisters, and I had the pleasure of meeting him on more than one occasion. Nick will be missed by everyone that knew and loved him.

Posted by Tamber Mackey - friend   April 13, 2010

To Nick's family, I'm bot really good with these things so bare with me... I am so sorry for your loss... Nick and I only seen each other for about a month so I never got to meet you all, but I do want to reassure you that this man was raised right. He's the nicest, most polite/respectful guy I've ever met in my life. Something like this should have never happened to such a great guy. I thought about calling him a few months ago and I said nah, I'll call him later... Now, I waited too long... I prayed everyday since I heard he was in there that he made it to the chamber... I was devastated, crushed and heartbroken when I found out he wasn't. I wish so much that you all didn't have to go through this. I do want to let you all know that I have pictures from when Nick, Spudd, Carlos and I all went to Bristol 2 years ago that I never got to give him, if you all would like them. There is even one where he's in his coal mining clothes getting ready to go to work... (I posted it on here along witha couple of the Bristol ones, but I still have a few more) If you want them then can you please send me your address and I'll mail you a cd with the pics on it... I also have a card, but the only address I had was his house, not sure if you'd get it.... once again... I AM SO SORRY for your loss... HE IS A GREAT MAN!!!!

Posted by Samantha Moles - Chloe, WV - friend   April 13, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

Posted by Jackie Berry Duggins - Clemmons, NC   April 13, 2010

Shelby, Hillary and family: I was so sorry to hear about Nick. I know how much he means to you all and I pray that God will give you comfort at this time. Shelby, Daddy and Allan both send their thoughts as well... Teresa

Posted by Teresa Hardesty    April 13, 2010

My husband and I are an Aunt and Uncle to Ryan Cox.
I (Lana) am the sister to David Cox. We have known Nick, through Ryan, for many years going back to Nick's high school days. He was such an intelligent, good looking young man who loved life and his family and friends. I can only imagine the loss
and void you are now feeling. I know the Cox family is devastated as well. We pray that God will comfort you in this trying days and give you peace. Time truly is a healing factor but, hopefully, the good times and wonderful memories will replace some of the pain and hurt you are now feeling. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. You truly are not alone.

Lana and Gail Shrader
Raleigh, NC

Posted by Lana & Gail Shrader - Raleigh, NC - Friend   April 13, 2010

I miss you already

Posted by Kellie Jo Coomes - Chester, VA - cousin   April 13, 2010

My heart aches for the family of Nicolas, No one should have to die in the manor Nicolas and the other 28 miners did. Nicolas had his whole life ahead of him and he was just doing his job like he had done all the days before this terible explosion occurred. My heart goes out to all of Nicolas family and friends and if The Lord allows it I hope Nicolas has a Harley up in heaven.Hopefully Nicolas and the other miners didn't feel a thing and they all went to be with Jesus as soon as the explosion occurred. I'm sure Nicolas loved all his loveones and I'm sure he is now a Coal Miner Angel watching over his fellow coal miners that still have to go into those mines and he is always going to be with his loveones inside thier hearts. I also pray that justice will be served and that someone higher up will make the owners of this Mine accountable for allowing this tragedy to occurred. God Bless all of you and all the others 28 Miners families.

Posted by Theresa Locke - Minerva, OK - sister in Christ   April 13, 2010

Our deepest sympathy

Posted by Mr.and Mrs. Donald Bailey - Pineville, WV   April 13, 2010

Debbie, Darrell, and Julie,

"Memory is the only friend of grief."

May you find comfort in your warm and loving memories of Nick. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. May God comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.

Posted by Pat Davidson - Salem,, VA - Friend of the family   April 13, 2010

Debbie & Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Nick personally, but I've heard only great things about him. My heart breaks for all of you since I heard about this tragedy, I prayed all 5 days hoping that your family would be 1 of the lucky four, but God had better plans for your Nick, an Angel. I think of you all every day, the sadness & heartache that you have to regrets & deepest sympathy

Posted by Sherry Siers Justice - Mullens, WV   April 13, 2010

Words cannot say how sorry we are for your loss. Nick was a great person, and even though we had lost touch through the years I have many memories of him that I will cherish always. We are praying for you and your family and praying that you will be at peace with this. If there was one thing in this world that Nick truly loved it was his family! God bless you all and may he wrap his mighty arms around you in your time of need!

Posted by Shana and Chad Cox - Mullens, WV   April 13, 2010

I don't know you, but I attended school at Concord University and I had lots of friends from Mullens. I've been following the coal miners story on CNN. Please know that my friends and I have been praying for you. May you find comfort in knowing that one day, through Christ, you will be reunited with Nicholas.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
(Psalm 46:1)

Posted by Kelli Fitzgerald - Sterling, VA   April 13, 2010

Debbie, Judy, & Darrell just know that the Dickens family has you in their prayers. You will always be family. We love you.

Posted by Tammy Dickens Isom - Hickory, NC - Friend   April 13, 2010

Nick was a great friend, I will remember the great times we spent together. I know that i will see him again one day

Posted by JASON WEIS - BOONVILLE, NC - FRIEND   April 13, 2010

my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Posted by Shawn Griffith - Wyco, WV - classmate and friend   April 13, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Nick was an AMAZING man. He was a kind,generous and loving person, I am so thankful to have known him. The memory of him will always be in my heart.
With Deepest Sympathy,Tiffiny Grose

Posted by Tiffiny Grose - Beckley, WV - friend   April 13, 2010

my thoughts and prayer go out to your family!

Posted by joy radnoczi - princeton, WV - met through aaron cook   April 13, 2010


My deepest condolences and many prayers for your great loss. Nick was a wonderful young man and will be sadly missed. I pray God gives you comfort during this time.

Posted by Ida Trent - friend   April 13, 2010

You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Posted by Christal Lefler Stafford - mullens, WV - friend   April 13, 2010

Deborah, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you find comfort and strength in the Lord.

Posted by Jennifer Marlowe - Penhook, VA - Friend   April 13, 2010

Debbie and Family, My heart is so very heavy for you as you know that I too know the pain of losing a precious son. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Only your faith will see you through. Stay strong. We all love you.

Posted by Judy and Blake Castle - Mullens, WV - Friend   April 13, 2010

Dear Debbie and Family
I continue to pray for you during this time of loss, for I know that is what will get you through the days ahead. Words of sympathy just don't seem like much when you've lost the light of your life, but please know I am so sorry and pray for you all the time. I remember what a precious, sweet, little baby boy Nick was and I know in my heart that he grew up to be a wonderful outstanding young man, just like his mommy is. Lean on the Lord he is your rock...
With love and prayers, Diana Phillips

Posted by Diana Stewart Phillips - Flatwoods, KY - friend of Debbie's   April 13, 2010

The family of Robert Clark would like to extend our condolences to the McCroskey family. May God comfort you during this difficult time and sustain you during your grief. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Posted by Roger & Debbie Smith - Pineville, WV - Cousin of Robert Clark   April 13, 2010

So sorry for your loss.. Love and Prayers.. God Bless

Posted by Tina Hall Sammons - Wyoming, WV   April 13, 2010

Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. I heard Nic was everything to you. I just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you and your family and praying God give you comfort to get through this. This was a tragedy we have all endured, so know you are not alone during this time.

Posted by Yvonne Adams-Raye - Pineville, WV - Friend   April 13, 2010

Our hearts go out to you. We lift you up in prayer as we ask our Savior to always comfort you and give you strength. If we can help in any way, please let us know.
Always in our thoughts,
Randy & Veronica Hamilton

Posted by Randy & Veronica Hamilton - Bud, WV   April 13, 2010

Debbie, Judy & Darryl, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this terrible tragedy. I did not know Nick but my heart goes out to you all. May God Bless you and bring you comfort during this time.

Posted by Sandra Scott - Jefferson, GA - Childhood friend of Debbie's   April 13, 2010

Debbie, Judy, Darryl,Shelby and Hillary..My deepest condolences and prayers go out to you all today and always.I am so sorry for your loss..I know how much you all loved Nick.He was a great young man..

Posted by Monica Fulford Griffith - Mullens, WV   April 13, 2010

Wishing you peace and comfort. I can't imagine your pain, losing a child. I remember when Nic was born. Hugs of love and comfort to you and the whole family.

Posted by Lynn Ross Milam - Charlotte, NC - Family Friend   April 13, 2010

Debbie, Judy & Darrell, Our Thoughts & Prayers have & will continue to be with you all!! No words will comfort you but just know ours hearts are with you all!!!

Posted by Dean & Tammy Simmons - Mullens, WV   April 13, 2010

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I am so beyond words to express my heartache of this tragedy. As a coal miners daughter my entire life when something happens to a miner it impacts us all. Miners are brothers regardless if they know one another or not and a coal miners family stands behind and with all those in times of need. I wish you strength to be able to cope and deal with the loss your family has suffered.

Posted by Tamara Lightner - Moundsville, WV - none   April 13, 2010

Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to your family today and always.God Bless You

Posted by Caroline Kalita - Sevierville,, TN   April 13, 2010

Nick was a fine man, in great part because of his wonderful family. His Mullens, West Virginia family will not forget Nick for what he was to others and what he is now: an Angel. We will keep him in our hearts so he will never die.
Many thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Rick Staton - Mullens, WV - Friend   April 13, 2010

I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of Nick. As I didn't know him as much as others did. I still know that he was kind hearted and had a sea of friends around him all the time in school. I know that this time is hard for you and the families that share this sad tragedy with you but with prayer and god's love we will make it through this and hopefully see his smiling face again.
With love and prayer, Julie Blankenship Rostorfer

Posted by Julie Blankenship Rostorfer - bellefontaine, OH - classmate   April 13, 2010

its hard to even find the words to express how truly sorry mark and i are about that precios nick i know your hearts are so heavy but i hope you find a little comfort in the fact that you raised a good boy and he had such a big impact on people. this is just so horribly unfair but you all are on a lot of prayer lists and maybe someday we will know the reason for this. god bless you all love, kathy and mark hylton

Posted by kathy and mark hylton - beckley, WV - aunt   April 13, 2010

Nick was definately 1 of a kind. He will be greatly missed but his memory will live on forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May he rest in peace.

Posted by ERM and LeahAnn McKinney - Mullens, WV - Friend   April 13, 2010

My sincere condolences and prayers go out to Debbie, Judy, and Darryl. I cannot even imagine what you are going through right now, but I want you to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers throughout the whole tragedy. Nick was a good person and will be missed by many! Thoughts and prayers will continue coming from my way.

Posted by Sandy (Schurdell) Boothe - Bluefield, VA - Friend   April 13, 2010

Shelby and family -- I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful young man. A familiar place, an aroma, a feeling will often rekindle memories of Nick. . . and with the memories, the pain and tears may return. In time, the memories will become a precious source of joy. Through all of this, I pray that God will comfort you in each moment of sadness. Hold onto Christ -- He will be your Rock.

Posted by Connie Payne - Nitro, WV - employee of aunt Shelby King   April 13, 2010

My deepest condoliances! May God give you strength and keep you under his wings now and forever!!

Posted by Connie Martin - Stanaford, WV - none   April 12, 2010

My prayers go out to your whole family. Nick was an amazing, sweet, and special guy. He will be truely missed and NEVER forgotten.

Posted by Hallie Lambert - mullens, WV - friend   April 12, 2010

Our deepest sympathy to Debbie, Judy and Darrell.. You are in our thought and Prayers.. Remember when he use to come in the Snack Shop..

Posted by Dwight and Karen Smith - Lester, WV   April 12, 2010

Debbie and family.
I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss of NICK !!! You have been on my mind for a week and I have been praying peace and comfort during this time. Just remember... Death leaves a heartache that NO ONE can HEAL but LOVE LEAVES MEMORIES THAT NO ONE CAN STEAL. I love you and will be praying for you. We will see NICK again !!!!

Posted by John Skidmore - Roanoke, VA   April 12, 2010

Debbie, Darrell, Julie and Shelby: I can't even imagine what you are going through now but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God grants you comfort and peace during this terrible time. I didn't know Nick personally but from what I have heard he was a fine person. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Debra Berry Adams - Mullens/Pineville, WV - Friend   April 12, 2010

Debbie, Judy and Darrell, Shelby, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how much Nick meant to you all. He was a wonderful guy. He touched alot of people while here on earth. He will be truely missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Sherry (Wilcox) Edwards - TN   April 12, 2010

Debbie and family I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son and grandson my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by carlene kennedy - christiansburg, VA - friend   April 12, 2010


I am so sorry for your loss and my heart breaks for you.

Kimmie Dawn

Posted by Kimberly Jackson (Byers) - Elkridge, MD - Cousin   April 12, 2010

My deepest sympathy to the family. Nick was a great guy and friend to so many people! My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this sad time!

Posted by Sherri Marsh Meadows - Mullens, WV - friend   April 12, 2010

Heavens got a noble and great child.

Posted by Jason Spears and Family - Princeton, WV - Great Friend   April 12, 2010

We are so sorry for your loss. Nick meant so much to so many. He will be missed greatly. He will never be forgotten. Ed and Rhonda Simmons

Posted by Eddie and Rhonda Simmons - Itmann, WV - Friend   April 12, 2010

Debbie, I would like to express my sincere condolences for the loss of your precious child Nick. I can only imagine what a difficult time this is for you and your family. I wanted to say that your precious Nick was Loved by many here in Mullens. Would you please pass on my sincere condolences to your family. My thoughts and PRAYERS are with you. BOO TRENT

Posted by Sheila (Boo) Trent - mullens, WI   April 12, 2010


Posted by TERESA LAMBERT - mullens, WV - friend   April 12, 2010

I can't even begin to express how sorry we are for your loss. Nick was very special to me. We started preschool as friends and continued through school together all the way to our Freshman year at Marshall. The memories I have of him mean more than words can describe. I cherish the fact that we had so many good times together.
To the family: you are in our thoughts, our hearts, and our prayers...we love you...May God put his hand over you all at this time and remind you that you will see him soon. Bless you all, Tyler & Krissi(Santon) Bullington

Posted by Krissi (Santon) Bullington & Tyler Bullington - Mullens/Princeton, WV - Friend   April 12, 2010

Debbie and Family, You don't know me, I'm married to Charlie Feller. I have known Nick A few years and He's been a very fine young man. My heart goes out to you. May God help you through this. With our love and prayers, Charlie and Vickie Feller

Posted by Vickie Feller - Mullens, WV - Friend and Motorcycle Buddy   April 12, 2010

I am terribly sorry for your loss. I am proud to say that I had the pleasure of knowing Nick, and my thoughts and prayers are with you Debbie & Family. You will cherish his memory forever and he will live forever in all of our hearts.

Posted by Johnna Johnson - Dotson - Mullens, WV   April 12, 2010

We the family of Benny Willingham, send our condolences to the family of Nick. It has been a blessing to watch Nick grow from that precious lil baby, into a fine good looking man. May all these coal miners REST IN PEACE...TOGETHER. Love and Prayers, The Family of Benny Willingham

Posted by michelle mckinney - corinne, WV   April 12, 2010

Nick will forever be in my heart & kept safe in my memory. He was such a great friend to me - always making me laugh! I love & miss him tremendously.

Posted by Shanda Staton - Pineville, WV - Friend   April 12, 2010

Jason & Lanessa,

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Just remember the memories that you all made are now the treasures that you hold close to your heart.

Posted by Joey & Sarah Comer & Families - Lindside, WV - Friend   April 12, 2010

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family, MAY GOD comfort you through this troubling time.
Donnie, Pam and Aaron Whitt

Posted by Donnie,Pam and Aaron Whitt - Mulens, WV - Good Friend   April 12, 2010

The staff of Blue Ridge Funeral Home would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family during this most difficult time.

Posted by Blue Ridge Funeral Home    April 12, 2010

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Nicks first Run to the Wall in Washington, DC, Memorial Day, 2008. Nick made the ride to honor and recognize the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.
roger(snowman) and nick at bristol night race

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Leah Ann Riffe, Nick, & Shanda Staton hanging out in college. “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

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Rest in Peace, my dear friend. You will be dearly missed by your family and many friends.

Life Stories

I have a lot of memories with Nick, especially when we were kids. One of the main ones that stands out the most was when we played baseball against eachother. He HATED getting beat at anything, especially by a girl!! I remember him pitching against us one game, and he kept saying he was gonna strike me out. About that time, I roped a line drive to left centerfield. I stood on 2nd base smiling, and he just dropped his chin to his chest and didn't say a word!! lol I'll never forget that! I remember being the only girl to play tackle football in his backyard. I remember playing spotlight with him and having a crush on him in middle school. I remember him dancing with me at our school dance after I won homecoming queen my senior year at Wyoming East. I remember having LONG talks at football games after he had already graduated from East. I remember him being a true friend and great guy, and that's how I'll ALWAYS remember him!! I love and miss you, Nick. I wish we could've remained close friends after high school, but it's hard to keep in touch when you go to different colleges and get married and start your own families. This tragedy makes me realize how important my friends are, and I will make my best effort to see my friends as often as I can and tell them I love them every chance I get! Thanks for the memories, Nick!!

Playing spotlight in South Mullens. You riding my butt coming home from school. Swerving at me when I was walking through town. Hollering like crazy, over everything haha. Teasing me all through school, but never failing to wink at me and giggle. You punk. Revving your truck engine (one of the many) to get me to come outside. Or throwing rocks or mulch at my window. No matter what time it was. Flying by the house on your bike -one of the many you owned. You getting me to sneak around the block to get me to ride your bike --thanks for not scaring me. Dancing at wedding receptions just to give my dad a heart attack. He'll always love you though you did age him a few years hahaha. Your rebel flag doo rag. Cut off t-shirts. Spiked hair. Your rebel attitude haha. You and my brother playing football for many years. Karaoke. Country Roads, of course. Smith Mountain. Roller blades in the rain! The beach last summer. Harley days. Bar nights. Marty's, Myrtle Beach, and the Moose. Many Moose stories my dad has told me. I won't put those on here haha. I could really go on and on and on. I'll keep our memories close to my heart forever and ever. I love and miss you dearly, Nick. And always will.

To Nick McCroskey's family: I worked with Nick for a few months last year at ubb, he was a real good guy. We talked about harley's, we both had springer softail models. I wish that we could have got to go riding some day. I only knew him for a short time, but i will always remember him. I am very sorry for the loss of Nick.

Debbie, I am so sorry that Nick was taken from you so young. I remember him in the second grade and all your visits to our classroom.
I would like to reconnect with you. I am praying God sends you some comfort...Love you,Betty



To the family of Nicolas McCroskey I met your son though real estate... He was a very respectful young man who spoke softly and had direct questions when asking about homes that we visited... He told me that he had to have room on the property he would buy to place his boat and his Harley Davidson. Great guy, he spoke of his mom and grandparents in Virginia... My family has also lost a loved one ..May God give you peace...Dottie Martin 304.923.3381

Nick was a special student at Bluefield State. I remember him in a control surveying class; as a faculty member I picked the surveying teams after asking all students to pick two others who they wanted on their team. They wanted Nick because he was a team player; he was competitive; he was fun.

You could tell he was an outdoorsman; he enjoyed the lab sessions more than the tests. I remember him requesting that my exams be more on field surveying and not so much on theory. I granted his request. He wanted to demonstrate his ability with surveying instruments.

I will never forget Nick and his Wyoming County buddies as a tight group in civil engineering technology at Bluefield State. They made college teaching fun.

Our society needs more Nicks. We will miss you.

I loved Nick's truck. I always told my mom that I wanted a truck like his. I remember when I was little and I would go over and play with Hillary and Nick was always so nice to us. I really enjoyed being his neighbor. I am going to miss him so much!


I had Nick as a student in Technical Physics I, his first semester at Bluefield State College. He struggled in class but he would never give up. It took him a while to learn how to study inorder to be successful on the tests. Nick always invited Don Bury and I to the parties they were having during the semester and I especially remember the party they had before their graduation. We enjoyed having Nick and the Cline brothers at Bluefield State College. I am so sorry to hear Nick was taken from us in this mine explosion.