Gary High School 1914-1978

The Coaldigger





February 26, 2011

Richard L. “Dick” McCormick

Graduated with the Class of 1956 Gary High School

Gary, West Virginia

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 ( ) or the Princeton Presbyterian Church, 1809 W. Main St., Princeton, WV 24740. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the McCormick family.