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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 41 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 41

(By Delegates Perdue, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson, and Marcum)

 

 

 

Requesting the Division of Highways to name the bridge located at the intersection of County Highway 41 and Turkey Creek Road in Wilsondale, Wayne County, West Virginia, specifically bridge number 50-41/1-0.01, the “Sgt. Dewey Marcum Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Dewey Marcum was born on March 28, 1928 in Wayne County, West Virginia to a coal miner and a housewife; and

    Whereas, He married young to Oretha Marie Collins-Marcum and started a family that now includes seventeen children, thirty-four grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; and

    Whereas, He enlisted in the United States Army and served with valor in the Korean War; and

    Whereas, He was wounded when a mortar struck his tank and ejected him from his vehicle; and

    Whereas, During his time in the Army, he quickly climbed to the ranks of Sergeant and after having received an Honorable Discharge, he returned home and began the task of rebuilding his life; and

    Whereas, He held several odd jobs and having seventeen children, they were sometimes two or three simultaneously; and

    Whereas, He worked as a truck driver for a local businessman, in the coal mines where he contracted black lung and owned his own saw mill for many years; and

    Whereas, In 1968 he contracted pneumonia and had to undergo a left lung removal, but he continued to work hard to provide for his family, until in 1986 he suffered a debilitating stroke which rendered him to bed confined under the care of his wife, aunts and uncles; and

    Whereas, In February of 1990 he lost two daughters in a car wreck involving a coal truck and was never the same after this loss; and

    Whereas, Early on the morning of April 8, 1992, he passed away at the Huntington Veteran’s Hospital, from complications associated with pneumonia at the age of 62; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name the bridge located at the intersection of County Highway 41 and Turkey Creek Road in Wilsondale, Wayne County, West Virginia, specifically bridge number 50-41/1-0.01, the “Sgt. Dewey Marcum Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to cause to be fabricated signs to be erected at each entry of said bridge, containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge to be the “Sgt. Dewey Marcum Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of Transportation, the Commissioner of the Division of Highways, Matthew Derek Stroud and the surviving family members of Dewey Marcum.

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