Benjamin Meade Sr., of Wise, Va., formerly of Whitaker, celebrated his 66th birthday April 14. He is working on 43 years as an underground miner. During his job as a mine foreman for 37 years, he helped men from Kentucky and Virginia get jobs in the mines. This older picture shows him and his two sons, Benjie (right) and Mitchell (left). He said, “I thank God and Jesus Christ for it all. May God bless all the men and their family that work for me.” He now works at 9 Mile #3 coal mine.