Sammie "Dinky" Semenske

McCOMAS — Sammie “Dinky” Semenske, 81, of Rt. 2 Box 311 McComas, W.Va., passed away at his residence on Sunday, May 18, 2008 after a short battle with cancer. Mr. Semenske was born on January 14, 1927 in Wide Mouth, W.Va., to the late Joe Semenske and Mary Tec.  Sammie was a retired coal miner and served his country with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He had been a resident of McComas for the past 71 years and is the last surviving member of his family.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers, Stanley, Willie, Wiley and Ed and four sisters, Stella Akers, Mary Walls, Lillie Snodgrass and Alice Martin. Survivors Include wife of 37 years, Pansy Taylor Semenske of McComas, W.Va.; one sister-in-law, June Semenske of Beckley, W.Va., and a host of nieces and nephews Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May, 22, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, W.Va., with the Rev. Kevin Richardson and the Rev. Jimmy McDowell officiating the service. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell, W.Va. Friends and family may call at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Taylor, Jackie Taylor, Raymond Taylor, Ralph Taylor, Perry Taylor, Johnny Taylor and Jimmy Akers. The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is serving the Semenske family. To leave personal condolences online, visit

Published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on 5/21/2008.


note by webmaster Pat Smith:  Sammie loved his McComas roots and had a huge collection of photos which I was fortunate to have him share with me - all of which are on this website.