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Andy Bota
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Birth: Mar. 26, 1916
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 1995
Fairmont
Marion County
West Virginia, USA

Andy Bota, 79, Beloved Husband of Ruby (Pyles) Bota. And father of Mrs. Eugene "Jessica" Opyoke and Mrs. Bud "Sherry" Kittle, both of Farmington. Survivors include Sister, Mrs. Vance "Rose" May. Eight grandchildren and Four Great Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Andrew and Rose Bota, stepfather Steve Postellac, Sr., step brother Steve Postellac, Jr., and sister Helen Daft.
Andy was a coal miner and worked at Consol No, 9 mine in Farmington. This is the mine that blew up in 1968, killing several miners. Some were entombed in the mine where they worked. Andy worked on the recovery operation, that brought most of the bodies of his fellow workers to the surface. At approximately 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 1968, an explosion occurred in the Consol No.9 Mine, Mountaineer Coal Company, Division of Consolidation Coal Company, Farmington, Marion County, West Virginia. There were 99 miners in the mine when the explosion occurred, 78 of whom died as a result of the explosion. The other 21 miners survived the explosion and escaped to the surface. The mine was sealed at its surface openings on November 30, 1968. Damage to the mine in the explosion area was extensive, requiring loading of rock falls, replacement of ventilation and transportation facilities, and in some cases new mine entries to bypass extensively caved areas. Investigative activities were continued, in cooperation with the Company, State, and United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) organizations, as mine areas were recovered. Between 1969 and 1978, the bodies of 59 victims were recovered and brought to the surface. Recovery operations ceased and all entrances to the mine were permanently sealed in November 1978, leaving 19 victims buried in the mine and leaving some areas of the mine unexplored. Lessons learned during early evaluation of this disaster were incorporated into the Federal Coal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1969. The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, generally referred to as the Coal Act, was more comprehensive and more stringent than any previous Federal legislation governing the mining industry.

Services were held at the Katy Church of God of Prophecy, on Sunday, September 24, 1995, with Ron Massey as minister. Arrangements by Dent Funeral Home, Farmington, WV. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ruby M. Pyles Bota (1921 - 1999)
 
Burial:
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Farmington
Marion County
West Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Bill Coon
Record added: Feb 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84939020
Andy Bota
Added by: Bill Coon
 
Andy Bota
Added by: Bill Coon
 
Andy Bota
Added by: Bill Coon
 
 
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- Bill Coon
 Added: Feb. 13, 2012
 
 
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