April 6, 2010
Posted: 03:42 PM ET
THE FAMILY OF MINER BENNY WILLINGHAM – WHO WAS JUST WEEKS AWAY FROM RETIREMENT – WILL BE ON LARRY KING LIVE TONIGHT @ 9PM ET.
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(CNN) - One of the men killed in Monday's coal mine explosion in West Virginia knew of the danger but didn't let it bother him, his family said Tuesday.
The blast at the Massey Energy Co. mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, killed at least 25 miners; four others are unaccounted for, officials say. The cause of the explosion had not been determined as rescuers worked Tuesday to bore ventilation holes into the Upper Big Branch Mine.
Benny Willingham, 62, a deacon in his church and the patriarch in his family, was among those killed, relatives told CNN's John Roberts.
"He was a good man. I know everyone thinks that about their loved ones, but Benny truly was a wonderful man," Willingham's sister Jean told CNN.
"He loved the Lord, and in church the other day, he thanked the Lord for saving his soul, and he thanked him for watching over him in the mines for over 30 years, and he said, 'If he takes me tomorrow, I've had a good life,' " she said.
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