COW CREEK, W.Va. — Residents of Route 44 in Logan County were stunned on Wednesday when they heard of of the passing of a longtime community leader on March 13. Ken Nunley was more than just a good neighbor- he was active in his community and with local volunteer activities for decades in Logan County.
Nunley was perhaps best known as a longtime stalwart of the Lions Club of Logan, an organization he served several times as President. Nunley’s friend and fellow Lions Club member Susan Perry relayed the news of his passing to his fellow pride mates..
“Ken was a man of strong faith who had served the Lions, the Boy Scouts, the Presbyterian Church, the Child Advocacy Center, and any number of other groups with passion and commitment. He is certainly a worthy role model,” Perry said.
Nunley’s longtime friend, retired Logan Circuit Judge Roger Perry recalled Nunley’s dedication to the community and the many different and varied organizations Nunley served over the course many many decades.
“He was a very active member of the Lions Club for over thirty years,” Roger Perry said on Wednesday evening. “He was our president at least four times, and he had served in other positions such as secretary or treasurer. He was also a Melvin Jones Fellow (one of the highest honors a Lion can recieve), and our Sight Chairman. He was on the Board of Directors for the Logan Child Advocacy Center; a former administrator of Logan Health Rite as well. He worked for so many different good causes. Ken was very involved and active with the Working to Elimiante Child Abuse and Neglect (WE CAN) Organization and he also mentored a number of kids over the years and taught parenting classes for them.”
Nunley was a US Air Force Veteran and he was also known for his association with the Boy Scouts of America having served as a Scout Master in Spain while in the Air Force and later in Logan County when he returned to the mountains. Nunley oversaw many projects at the Boy Scouts Camp at Chapmanville including activities where he and his fellow Lions helped with painting and repairs.”He worked on a lot of different projects there.He was a mainstay of every single one of the Lions Club events and functions such as the annual Rubber Duck Race.”
Perry and Nunley were close friends for many decades – a friendship which started in a roundabout manner, Roger Perry recalled.
“I like to joke that it was the best thing that ever came out of a lawsuit,” Perry explained. “Many years ago, I was involved with some legal work I did for his parents. I met him from that and we were good friends for over thirty years. He was what some would call a Red Cross person, in that Ken was the kind of person that if you needed something done and had to have help, he would volunteer and do it and find time to work on it. The kind of people who do their part to save the world. Wonderful people – the best kind.”
Nunley lived in the Cow Creek area where he was also involved with organizations including Main Island Creek Volunteer Fire Department. He worked at Logan General Hospital/Logan Regional Medical Center for many years as Medical Records Director.
Nunley was also a talented writer who was known for his comedic view on things. Perry recalled one funny incident when Nunley had been hospitalized.
“He was in the hospital and the doctors were there in the room and they were talking in ‘medicalese’ as if he was not even there…” Perry quipped. “Where Ken had worked in Medical Records he could understand everything they were saying. His wife Carol explained that to them.”
Nunley was a very active member and Elder in the Presbyterian Church on Stratton Street.
“He was a true community leader and a tremendous resource and asset to so many,” Perry said. “He was a really good friend and he will be missed by so many people for a very long time.”
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer for Civitas Media and a retired reporter for The Logan Banner. He can be reached by calling 304-752-6950.