In Memoriam

John Francis Zimnox

John Francis Zimnox, 58, of Kanawha City, left this life Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at CAMC General Hospital after a sudden illness.

John was born Dec. 22, 1957, in Steubenville, Ohio, the son of the late Walter "Duke" and Genevieve (Zarych) Zimnox. He was also preceded in death by his brother, David. He is survived by his love and wife, Amy S. Haden, whom he married at Christ Church United Methodist; sons, John Walter and his fiance, Brandon Adams, Corey Mitchell, Zane Anthony Zimnox, Wil Conner Sorrells and his fiancee, Marjorie Coy, and Matthew Grayson Sorrells; daughters, Cassie and Meg Sorrells; brother, Dennis Zimnox; sister, Michele Barnes, and brother-in-law, Todd Barnes, of Mingo Junction, Ohio; along with nieces, nephews, cousins of the extended Zimnox-Zarych family and friends who were his family.

He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kanawha City. John graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central High School in Steubenville, Ohio. In 1980, John graduated from The Ohio State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. John was a 35-year employee of Dyno Nobel, serving as a sales account manager. He was a member of the International Chili Society, and frequent winner of first place prizes with bragging rights for his renowned green and red chilis. He served on the board of directors for the Mountaineer Chapter of the International Society of Explosives Engineers and was a member of the Society of Mining Engineers, the Explosives and Blasting Stakeholders Committee and the Quarry Stakeholders Committee.

John was a man who protectively loved his family and friends. He had an immense passion for life: cooking, landscaping, dancing, mushroom hunting, wine, holiday decorations and service to his neighborhood, community, church and his work. He helped others by fixing things, listening and giving good counsel. He made this life a joy to those who knew him. A man known for his humor, storytelling, riddles, laughter and teasing. He was a father to many who came into his life, a gentleman, intelligent and kind to all. He will be missed deeply by those who had the honor to know him.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that all live a life that reflects John's and rejoice that he lived with us.

A Funeral Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Joseph Augustine officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harding Funerals & Cremations. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting The family requests personal messages in lieu of social media. Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving John's family.

Daniel “Danny” Garrett Eakes

Funeral service for Daniel Garrett Eakes, 45, of Unionville, Tenn., will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the Higgins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Flintville Cemetery. Danny passed away Monday, May 2, 2016, at the Huntsville Hospital.

Danny was a native of Lincoln County, Tenn., the son of Thelma Ruth Dennis Eakes and the late Columbus Lincoln Eakes. He was the owner of D.J. Drilling and Blasting.

Survivors include his wife of 6 years Ruth Eakes of Unionville, Tenn., daughter Katelyn (Cody) Allen of Fayetteville, Tenn., step-children Blake Wendel and Kelsey Wendel, mother Thelma Ruth Eakes of Fayetteville, Tenn., brothers Leon (Gayle) Eakes, David Eakes all of Fayetteville, Tenn., Jeff (Kim) Eakes of Flat Creek, Tenn., Dwight Eakes of Fayetteville, Tenn., sisters Mary Jo (Bob) Clark of McBurg, Tenn., Jeraldine (late Charlie) Alford of Tullahoma, Tenn., Diane (Ricky) Sells, Tammy (Gary) Williams all of Fayetteville, Tenn., and numerous nieces and nephews. Along with his father, he was preceded in death by son Garrett Kaleb Eakes, brother Larry Dale Eakes, sisters Linda Faye Bailey and Barbara Ann Eakes.

Visitation with the family will be Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home.

Dale L. Ramsey

Dale L. Ramsey, 63, of Rimersburg, Penn., passed away Friday, April 15, 2016, at Penn Highlands Hospital, DuBois. 

He was born October 31, 1952, in Madison Twp., Clarion Co., Penn., the son of Minnie L. (Bowser) Colwell. 

Dale was a lifetime resident of Madison Township and graduated from Union High School in 1970. He continued his education at Virginia Tech and Penn State. After graduating Penn State, he was the founding member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) Penn State University Student Chapter, where he continued as an industry advisor and was a true mentor to the students within the program, also assisting with job placement. For over 42 years, he was the general manager at Senex Explosives, Inc. Dale was a member of the ISEE and served as the organization's president for two years. He also attended the Wildcat Wesleyan Methodist Church and in his spare time enjoyed flying drones and taking aerial photography. 

He will be deeply missed by his mother, Minnie L. Colwell, of Rimersburg; companion of 10 years, Shirley Miles, of New Castle; Shirley's children, Cindy and Stacey; Shirley's grandchildren, Jessica, Mackenzie, Haley and Anne Marie; aunts, Joan Custer and husband, Ronald, of Rimersburg, and Jean Drayer and husband, Hardee, of Sheakleyville, Penn.; and West Highland Terrier dog, Boomer. 

Dale was preceded in death by his step-father, Herman A. Colwell; grandparents, Jeremiah and Nancy Bowser; uncle, Clarence Bowser; and aunt, Blanche Bowser. 

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016, at Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home, 758 Main Street, Rimersburg. Additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mark Deeter officiating. 

Burial will be in Rimersburg Cemetery, Rimersburg, Pennsylvania. Contributions may be given in Dale's memory to the Wildcat Wesleyan Methodist Church, PO Box 636, Rimersburg, PA 16248. 

Muhammad Saeed

Muhammad Saeed passed away Feb. 21, 2016. He was born Oct. 22, 1942. He acquired his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from University of Karachi, in Pakistan, in 1963 and 1965. 

He initially joined M / S Binnie & Partners Consultants UK as junior geologist in 1965 and continued until 1968. From 1969 to 1972, he worked with TAMS ( Tippets, Abbet, McCarthy & Straton) International consultants as junior geologist. He deputed from WAPDA (Water & Power Development Authority) to Frontier Works Organization as chief geologist in 1973 and continued until 1995. He acquired experience in tunneling; surface and sub surface controlled blasting; and soil mechanics.

He joined Biafo Industries Ltd. (Manufacturers of Tovex Water Gel commercial explosives) as manager of technical services in 1996 and became an active and important member of the technical services department providing technical services to company's clients all over Pakistan in cement, quarry sites, tunneling and mass surface blasting industries. He was a very hard working and honest professional and continued contributing tremendously in the uplift and progress of his company. After retirement from company at age 60, he joined Frontier Works Organization again as consultant from 2004 and worked until 2013. He also continued his service to Biafo Industries as Consultant Technical Services from 2013 until his passing. He was active and practically involved in tunnel job up to very last day of life.

His sudden death left a huge gap of expertise especially at mining and blasting sector. He has served on various international projects like the Malakand tunnel, Lowari tunnel, Simli dam Islamabad, Lakh Pass tunnel, slope stabilization of Motorway M2 at Kallar Kahar Salt range, Atta Abad lake spillway handling and Bridge demolition of Sher Shah Karachi projects. He was a known a blasting specialist in the country as well as abroad. 

He will be remembered and missed as a competent professional by his company as well as all his colleagues.

Carl B. Thomas

Carl B. Thomas, 91, of Spofford and Treasure Island, Fla., passed away March 29, 2016, after a sudden illness.

He was born in Tupper Lake, N.Y., Dec. 25, 1924, son of George and Mary (Provost) Thomas. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Pacific for four years during World War II, before his honorable discharge in 1946.

He married Betty L. Burowski on Nov. 16, 1947, in a ceremony in Plattsburg, N.Y.

He worked for Hemlock Construction as a blasting foreman for 20 years. In 1971, with the support and help of his wife, he started his own drilling and blasting company, Carl B Thomas Construction Corp. and subsequently D & L Thomas Equipment Corp., Thomas Instruments and North American Track of Charlestown, S.C. He was known all over New England for his expertise in the blasting industry.

He was a longtime member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers and the New England Chapter of the Society of Explosives Engineers.

Mr. Thomas enjoyed walking the flea markets and was a collector of many things. While in Florida, he enjoyed fishing on his boat and in Spofford, his garden. He was a kind, generous and a well-respected businessman.

Survivors include his sons, David Thomas and his wife, Linda, of Spofford and Chris Thomas and his wife, Donna, of Keene; his daughter, Lynn Thomas and her fiancé, Stephen Dillingham, of Spofford; two sisters, Emaline Bruculere and Betty Nuzzo; two brothers, Kenneth Thomas and Byron Thomas; five grandchildren, Eric, Jennifer, Mathew, Jason and Jonathan; and 10 great-grandchildren.

His wife of 65 years, Betty L. Thomas, and a son, Jeffrey Thomas, died earlier.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Keene. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro St., Keene (


Memorial donations may be made in Carl B. Thomas’ name to Joan’s Pantry, P.O. Box 48, Spofford 03462.