Arthur Paul “Corkey” Sublett Jr., age 79, a resident of Philippi, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday August 15, 2023 at his residence. Corkey was born September 05, 1943 in Mingo County, a son of the late Arthur Paul Sublett Sr. and Helen “Marie” (Dotson) Sublett. Corkey was united in marriage on March 14, 1964 to the late Marian B. (Mitchell) Sublett. She preceded him in death on January 1, 2023.
Surviving are children James Shon Sublett and wife Nyoka, and Eric Scott Sublett and wife Denise all of Philippi. Grandchildren Shaina Sublett, Kelci (Sam) Beeson, Gavin and Devin Sublett, Sawyer and Elliott Sublett, and Brittany (Julian) Jones. Great-Grandchildren Brylee, Lainey, Aurora, Yana, and Austin. Also surviving are siblings Sam (Carol) Sublett of Shelton, WA; Mike (Peggy) Sublett of Keensburg, CO; Paula (Tom) Hedge of Durango, CO. Nieces and nephews Colter, Rory, Sarah of Shelton, WA; Maggie and Michael of Keensburg, CO; and Matt and Jason of Durango, CO. Brother-in-law Rodney Mitchell and wife Linda of Philippi, and niece Amanda and Ryan Sisson of Philippi
He was preceded in death by his daughter Roberta “Bobbie Jo” Sublett and nephew Travis Sublett.
Corkey served in the US Army from 1960 to 1963. He was in the airborne division and had completed over 50 jumps. Corkey was the third employee hired at Kitt Energy, where Leer South is currently located. He worked at that location for 38 years, but retired from Whitetail Coal Mine in Preston County after a 42-year-long mining career. He was a long-time member of the Barbour County Club, Pleasure Valley Hunting Club, and VFW. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, riding his side by side, watching his grandchildren play sports, and hanging out beside a campfire. Members of the Pleasure Valley Hunting Club who played a large influence in Corkey’s life include Bernie and DJ Corley & family, Edward Jones and fiancé Karla Thrasher, Brian Tucker, Mike Delauder, Brian Cox & brother Frankie, Ryan and Amanda Sisson & family, Kent and Kristi Freeman & son David, John and Tammy Austin, and Greg Tucker. They all took part in making sure his last few years hunting on the mountain were successful & fun!
Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home and on-site Crematory 220 N. Walnut St. Philippi on Thursday August 17, from 4-8 pm and on Friday August 18, from 8-12pm. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 pm with pastor Bryan Headley officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery with full military honors being accorded.