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Bridge dedication

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

September 2, 2014

PINE CREEK — Several bridge dedications were made during the Annual Pine Creek Reunion held Sun., Aug. 31, at Pine Creek.


One of the bridges was dedicated to the late Joe “Toby” Slade.


House Concurrent Resolution No. 32 with primary sponsor W.Va. Delegate Rupie Phillips Jr., and cosponsors W.Va. Delegates Ted Tomblin, Larry W. Barker and Jeff Eldridge, reads:


“Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 23-119/5-1.45 (23A249) in Pine Creek, Logan County, as the “U. S. Army Corporal Joe “Toby” Slade Memorial Bridge”.


“Whereas, Joe “Toby” Slade was born in Wayne County, West Virginia, on September 22, 1932; and


“Whereas, Joe “Toby” Slade married Ruby Lyons Slade and together they had three children who blessed them with six grandchildren; and


“Whereas, Joe “Toby” Slade served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a retired coal miner; and


“Whereas, Joe “Toby” Slade was a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America and the American Legion; and


“Whereas, Joe “Toby” Slade passed away October 7, 2010 in Chapmanville, Logan County; and


“Whereas, It is fitting to honor Joe “Toby” Slade by naming the bridge number 23-119/5-1.45 (23A249) in Pine Creek after him; therefore, be it


“Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:


“That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways to name bridge number 23-119/5-1.45 (23A249) in Pine Creek, Logan County the “U. S. Army Corporal Joe “Toby” Slade Memorial Bridge”; and, be it


“Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “U. S. Army Corporal Joe “Toby” Slade Memorial Bridge”; and, be it


“Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation; and Joe “Toby” Slade’s surviving relatives.”


A resident of Garrett Fork at the time of his death, Slade and his wife, the late Ruby Lyons Slade, were the parents of three children: Shelia Robinette, Michael Slade and Deborah Vance.