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Park Bench Dedicated in Ceremony At Robert C. Byrd Park in Pine Grove

By Staff | Jul 29, 2020

Pictured are Stacie Starkey, Shelby Mason, Tim Starkey, Clay Dallison, Tomasina Dallison, Tina Dallison, Reagan Dallison, Lane Dallison, Laurie Dallison, Jake Gamble, Jayla Dallison, Kynnedi Dallison, Audrie Baker, Ed Dallison, Cavin Dallison, Joe Mason, Tammy McDiffitt, Wyatt Dallison, Bob Throckmorton, Sammmi Dallison, and Cody Dallison.

Family and friends of the late David Paul Morgan and his daughter Kim Dallison, held a special memorial tribute and dedication in their honor on Wednesday, July 22, at the Robert C. Byrd center park in Pine Grove.

Over 30 family members and friends gathered for the occasion to recall memories of their loved ones and to present a new park bench in their name and memory. The park bench is a beautiful addition to the grounds, and the Red and Black colors of the bench were selected to represent the High School colors of David Paul and his wife Myrna who both graduated from the old Tyler County High School in Middlebourne.

David graduated in 1961 and Myrna in 1964.

Sitting on the new park bench is David’s daughter Stacie, directly behind her is her husband Tim Starkey. David and Myrna had three daughters Kim, Stacie, and Tracy.

David was well known in the community and enjoyed being Santa Claus each year.

He didn’t just stay around town, he went where ever he was asked because he loved to entertain the children. He was a kind soul who made a living at the Number 4 mine in Clarington, Ohio. His Daughter Kim was a former employee of Wesbanco.

Daughter Stacie said, “although they have been gone for some time now, we just wanted to make sure they will never be forgotten.”

During the short ceremony a nice tribute about Kim, written by Julie Conley on July 22, 2020 was read to those in attendance.

Stacie lit candles for all and the singing of two great songs “Pass it On” and “This Little Light of Mine” echoed from family members as they recalled the lives of David and Kim.

“We just wanted everyone here this evening to know that no matter what, we will always have memories to hold on to,” added Stacie.

She said her mother Myrna and sister Tracy both very much wanted to be here, but were unable to, and they send their love to all.