Our Founders


Biographies taken from obituaries, or written by Robert Perry or James Shott as noted



We present a series of biographical sketches of some of the Bluefield businessmen who, in the spring of 1918, were our club’s 18 Charter Members.  


Anyone who can add additional personal stories, facts, or remembrances is asked to share that information.  There are a number of individuals in Bluefield today who are descended from, or otherwise connected to these men. 


I believe this is a very fitting way to honor their memory and foresight.


  1. Henry Austin Lilly

  2. Chapman Lucas Borden

  3. C. H. "Dan" Goodykoontz

  4. David E. French

  5. Robert W. Lacy

  6. Isadore Cohen

  7. Everett A. Leonard

  8. Richard B. Parrish

  9. Myron Marsh

  10. E. H. Easley

  11. J. T. Thornton

  12. Hugh Ike Shott






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