Kenneth Lawrence Minnix, age 76, of Sandlick Road, Bluefield, WV died on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Princeton Community Hospital.
Born on February 16, 1941 in Freeman, WV, he was a son of the late Wallace and Mary White Minnix. He worked for Steiners Cabinet Maker for 6 years, Consolidation Coal Company for 16 years and was self-employed in coal mining for 11 years. Kenneth had a dream one night and when he got up the next morning he began building his invention, the pond cleaning machine. His working career ended in 1992.
Kenneth accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and now he is Heaven bound. Kenneth fought black lung for many years. In his early years, he loved his motorcycles, fishing and camping. Most recently, he enjoyed spending time at his summer home on the Greenbrier River. He loved his family with everything in him. He enjoyed family and friends visiting and chatting. His joy was watching his great-granddaughter, Bryleigh, playing, sharing ice cream and listening to her read to him. He called her "his baby". His life consisted of providing for his wife and children. He had lived in the Bluefield area his entire life and was of the Pentecostal Holiness Faith. Kenneth had a special river buddy, Jimmy Kish.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Minnix; and a sister, Wanda Sue Beavers.
Left to cherish his memory: His wife of 57 years, Phyllis Dunford Minnix; Sons: Kenneth "Eddie" Minnix and wife Cindy of Cashmere, WV, Keith Minnix and wife Donna of Bluefield, WV; Daughter: Deborah Howell and husband Rick of Bluefield, WV; Grandsons: Matthew Bowman and wife Randa (who he called Dad), Joshua Howell, Jared Minnix and Devin Minnix; Granddaughter: Amanda Meadows and husband Lee; 2 great-grandsons and 2 great-granddaughters; Brothers: Bobby Minnix of Princeton, WV, Ronnie Minnix of Bluefield, WV; Sister: Michelle Shy of Virginia.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with Rev. Steve Poore officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where his family and friends will be serving as pallbearers.
Friends may call on Monday morning from 10 - 11 AM at the funeral home prior to the service.
The family is accepting online condolences at www.cravens-shires.com.
The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road, Bluefield, WV is in charge of arrangements.
Published on  June 3, 2017