PRINCETON — Richard L. “Dick” McCormick, Sr., 72, of Princeton, born on April
30, 1938, went to join his heavenly Father on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 following
a long illness. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years, Margaret
J. McCormick; and three loving children, Rick McCormick, Jennifer Vaught and
Patricia Mathews. He is also survived by his loving daughter-in-law, Patty
McCormick; sons-in-law, Ken Vaught of Charlotte, N.C. and Noel Mathews of
Dallas, Texas; and the pride of his life, his grandchildren, J.R. McCormick,
Chris McCormick, Jeremy McCormick, Andrew Vaught, Nick Vaught, Jenna Vaught,
Paige Mathews and Patrick Mathews. He will be missed by his special friends, Dr.
Todd Smith, Dr. David Grouse, Esther Piconi, Dr. Rowena Chambers; and his loving
mother-in-law, Pearl Lawless.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gray and Lillie McCormick; and seven
brothers and sisters.
Dick devoted his life to his family. He worked in the mining industry his entire
career starting with Consol, United Pocahontas Coal, Bowling Mining, and
retiring from Conn-Weld Industries. Dick loved sports and founded the Princeton
Little League in 1968. He coached little league baseball, pony league and Babe
Ruth leagues for over twenty years. He was the inspiration in building the
indoor batting facility at Princeton High School. He enjoyed watching his
grandchildren participate in sports, cheerleading and dance. Dick was a member
of Princeton Masonic Lodge #134, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Masons, Beni Kedem
Shrine, Bluefield Shrine Club and the Shrine Patrol. He was also a member of the
Princeton Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and coached the church
softball team. Dick enjoyed his bowling and had fond memories of all the
industrial and mixed couple leagues he participated in. Dick was an avid fan of
WVU and Princeton High School sports.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at the
George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with the Reverend Ed
Pettus officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in
Princeton. Grandchildren and nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary
pallbearers will be Jim Herron, Dave Lawless, John Lawless, Michael Lawless, Jim
Lawless, Jim Connolly, Ed Chambers, Tony Cofer, Don Harris and Clarence Bowman.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday,
Feb. 27, 2011. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Lewy Body Dementia Association ( lbda.org ) or the Princeton Presbyterian
Church, 1809 W. Main St., Princeton, WV 24740. Online condolences may be sent to
the family at www.seaverfuneralservice.com.
Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the McCormick family.