The Times West Virginian


March 4, 2014

Louis “Woody” Lake Sr.

Louis Woodrow “Woody” Lake Sr., 95, of Arnettsville passed away Sunday (March 2, 2014) at Pierpont Center at Fairmont Campus.

He was born in Martin, Pa., on May 6, 1918, a son of the late Henry Dunn and Sarah Elizabeth (McCane) Lake.

Woody was a coal miner by trade, working as a mechanic and foreman for 43 years. He was a graduate of Barrackville High School. He was treasurer and lifelong member of Arnettsville United Methodist Church. He was a 50-year member of the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge 157 of Fairmont. Following his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and traveled to all 50 states. He also enjoyed gardening and bowling at Valley Lanes and Fairmont Bowling Center.

He is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Beulah Evelyn (Berry) Lake of Fairmont; one son, Louis Woodrow “Woody” Lake Jr. and his wife Shirley of the Villages, Fla.; four grandchildren, Kevin Yost and his wife Diane of Morgantown, Mark Yost and his wife Linda of Morgantown, Woody Lake III and his wife Julie of Williamsburg, Va., and Cristal Lake-Sanders and her husband Dwayne of Richmond, Va.; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving is a son-in-law, Jack Yost of Core.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth “Betty” Yost; a granddaughter, Shelly Ann Lake; a sister, Sarah Elizabeth Lake Towles; and four brothers, John Henry Lake, Thomas Kenneth Lake, Russel Mesmore Lake and Delbert Eugene Lake.

Family and friends may call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and from 10-11 a.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Tammy Phillips and Pastor Sandy Firth officiating. Interment will follow at Arnettsville Cemetery in Monongalia County.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in Woody’s memory.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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