www.carbidecamps.net Links Page

Use this link to visit Camp Brookside –

another former Carbide Camp!

Built in 1947 and recently rehabbed, it’s near Hinton, WV.

Enjoye the excellent Camelot and Carlisle pictures assembled

By Randy Rice here:
To the pictures - 300+ of 'em!

Don’t be fooled by the dates. Many were posted long after the camps were closed.

Click on the links to the right to see the various 
Facebook sites related to Carbide Camps.

And search “Carbide Camps” for other web posts.

Carbide Camp Blue Creek, WV
CarbideCamps page

See Ellen's report on her 2001 trip to the Blue Creek sites.
(Sadly, most - but not all! - the pictures got lost

in a geocities.com Internet calamity.)

Visit the "Kno-koma" web site. The camp, for diabetic children, was established upstream of Camelot on Blue Creek as Camp Galahad. The camp was later called Camp Joshua Scott, and even later was owned by  a church group and called the Blue Creek Academy. The Galahad site is no longer in use, and was for sale in 2015. It may now be a private home.

Nearby oil and gas land purchases may eventually override its original uses.

And a plug for www.bemorehealthy.com not because it's a camps site, but because it's ours, and it helps feed our other habits. It's the Lilley Health Enterprises site, which hosts other pages for us also. Please visit!

BobEllen More Healthy!


And, the Charleston, WV papers report on the passage of time, in terms of its effect on some of our friends and workers at the camps.
I won't try to be exhaustive about this, but it's part of the story. 

Mike Potter sends us this article --  Faye and her mom, Nona, were both cooks at camp -- 

Obituary: Faye Samples Pendola

Faye Samples Pendola, 80, of Clendenin passed away and into the loving arms of her Savior on December 11, 2011. She was preceded in death by her son, Anthony Ray Pendola; parents, Oscar and Nona Samples; sisters, Doris Sears, Garnet Cobb, Hope Carte and Madge Clemmer; and brother, Arthur Samples. Faye was a member of the Clendenin United Methodist Church, where she served as a member of the Merry Workers Circle of United Methodist Women. Faye enjoyed nourishing many a hungry camper during her summers at Carbide's Camp Camelot, and served meals to countless children during her tenure as head cook at Clendenin Elementary School. 
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Don Pendola; twin sister, Gay Morrison; and grandson, Anthony (Tony) Pendola, his wife, Jessica, and their three children, Dominick, Gabrielle and Avril. Faye will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Clendenin United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 686, Clendenin, WV 25045. 

Faye's funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Clendenin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Ferguson officiating. Interment will be at Koontz Cemetery, Clendenin. 

Faye's family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Matics Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. 

Condolences may be expressed online at www.maticsfuneralhome.com. 


Joseph Cielensky


Joseph Cielensky, 76, of Charleston passed away on December 14, 2010. 
Born in Nemacolin, Pa., on September 25, 1934 Joe was one of five children born to Frank and Anna Cielensky. A graduate of Carmichaels High School in Carmichaels, Pa., he led his team to two undefeated seasons. Joe was offered athletic scholarships by several colleges and chose to attend Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston, where he played football and met Shirley Goodman, who became his lifelong friend and wife. During his college football career, he led his team, the Golden Eagles, to the 1955 Cigar Bowl. He earned master's degrees from both Marshall and West Virginia University. 

For the first sixteen years of his professional career, Joe taught at Charleston Catholic High School. With his enthusiasm and can-do attitude, Joe stepped in and accepted many roles outside the classroom, believing that young people deserved opportunities to participate in a wide array of activities. He coached basketball, football, tennis, baseball, and swimming. His teams won three Catholic League state football championships and five basketball championships, including four in a row. Joe was named coach of the year on several occasions. More than thirty of Joe's Charleston Catholic athletes, including two who were Kennedy Award winners, were recruited by and played sports in Division I schools. Many of his players maintained contact with him over the years, a tribute to the influence he had on their lives. As athletic director, Joe was at the forefront, leading Charleston Catholic from the West Virginia Catholic League to membership in the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission. Since leaving the school officially, Joe continued his interest in Charleston Catholic, serving until his death as an important mentor and confidant to school administrators and coaches. 

Joe later taught and was head football and track coach at St. Albans High School and Clendenin Middle School until his retirement in 1999. For 36 years Joe officiated high school basketball and football, as well as college football. Joe was a valued member of the Southern Board of Basketball Officials, the Kanawha Valley Football Officials Association, and the Kanawha County Association of Retired School Employees. In 2009, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the West Virginia Athletic Directors Association in recognition of his years of outstanding work and dedication to the athletes and youth of West Virginia. He held an honorary membership in the Knights of Columbus. 

Joe was ferocious in his love for, and pride in, Shirley and their family. Family ranked number one with Joe and the years were filled with memorable experiences with his wife, children, and grandchildren (especially his grandsons' golf careers and his granddaughters' soccer careers), brothers and sisters, and the extended family. During his years at Charleston Catholic, Joe packed up his family each June and settled in to a cabin at Camp Carlisle, the Union Carbide summer camp where Joe was camp director. For many years following those summers happily spent in the woods of Kanawha County, Joe and family headed south, pulling an Airstream trailer to Myrtle Beach where they spent the summer camping across the street from the beach. Eventually Joe and Shirley purchased a cottage near the ocean where he spent every available moment relishing the pleasures of seafood, shrimping, shopping with the "love of my life," and enjoying his role as the "Unofficial Mayor of Murrells Inlet." Proud of his roots, Joe enjoyed high school reunions, Steelers games, and pierogies and nut rolls from his hometown. 

Joe leaves an enduring legacy, demonstrating the positive impact that one person can have on so many others. Joe never missed an opportunity to convey his love for his family. Joe was as passionate about excellence in academics as he was about excellence in athletics. Joe was unselfish in his good wishes for others and quick to recognize their accomplishments. 

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Joseph L. Cielensky Jr. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Leigh Anne Cielensky and husband Mark Boggs, Vicki C. Holstein and husband Mark, and Kelly Cielensky, all living in the Charleston area; mother-in-law, Edna Goodman; sister-in-law, Judy Schilling; brothers, Frank Cielensky and wife Emma of Clearwater, Fla., and Charles Cielensky and wife Mary of Ravenna, Ohio; sisters, Rita C. Rock and husband Richard of Beltsville, Md., and Eleanor C. Gibbs of Vista, Calif.; grandchildren, Jason C. Holstein, Justen C. Holstein, Jordan C. Holstein, Britani C. Wilson, and Briena C. Wilson; step-grandchildren, Ian and Cayla Boggs; and step-great-grandchildren, Aidan Boggs and Weston Adams. 

A service to honor the life of Joseph will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in Charleston with Monsignor P. Edward Sadie officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Charleston. Family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 17, at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston. A prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Charleston Catholic High School, 1033 Virginia Street, Charleston, WV 25301. 

Memories of Joseph may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.



Ruth Ann Wooten Bays, 69, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Alum Creek, died July 27, 2009, at her residence after a long illness. 

Born March 28, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Loyd and Dina Lucas Wooten. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Sonny” Bays Sr. 

She is survived by her sons, Charles (Nancy) Bays Jr. of Berea, Ky., and Bobby (Diana) Bays of Norwood, Ohio; daughter, Darlene (Mike) Warden of Alexandria, Ky.; brothers, Jerry (Kathy) Wooten, of Ireland, Lewis County, and Clyde E. (Patricia) Wooten of Alum Creek; sister, Peggy (Bruce) Buttz of Stage Coach, Nev.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Ruth Ann was raised at Union Carbide's Cliffside Camp, where her father was caretaker for 25 years. Ruth Ann graduated from Washington District High School with the class of 1960 and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. 
A memorial and celebration of her life will be held on Friday, July 31, in Cincinnati, Ohio. At her request, her body be cremated and entombed with her husband in Florida. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alum Creek Alliance for Community Development, P.O. Box 76, Alum Creek, WV 25003. 
Condolences may be sent to the family by emailing [email protected]

From Penny Brick: 2/16/2004  Charles B. Linkous 

SCOTT DEPOT - Charles B. Linkous, 77, of Scott Depot, W.Va., formerly of Frame Road, Elkview and Glasgow, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, in St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington. 

He was born April 4, 1926, in Cedar Grove and was the son of the late Bittle Oscar and Nellie Hanson Linkous. He was a retired teacher and coach with the Kanawha County School System and had attended Clendenin Church of the Nazarene. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. 

Surviving: wife, Clarice A. Bradshaw Linkous; children, Rebecca Ann Kees of Cropwell, Ala., Charles R. Linkous of Fayetteville, W.Va., Thomas Linkous of South Point, Ohio, and Mark Linkous of Iowa; brothers, Robert Linkous of Julian, W.Va., and Lincoln Linkous of North Carolina; sisters, Jean Brown of Hagerstown, Md., Venita Hancock of Florida and Susie Coburn of Goose Creek, S.C.; eight grandchildren. 

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery with the Rev. Larry Cale and the Rev. Fred Coburn officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens at Glasgow with military honors provided by Post 8366 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gauley Bridge. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Linkous's name to any charity or preferred choice.

From: leshamrick {AT} hotmail.com

Susan Goetz Lewis

Susan Goetz Lewis, 56, of Dunbar departed this life April 10, 2006, at her home after a long battle with cancer. She was a former employee of Plastic Coatings Inc. and was a lifelong resident of Dunbar. She was preceded in death by her son, Matt Parsons; and her parents, John E. and Ann Goetz.

Surviving are her son, Jamie Parsons of Johnson City, Tenn.; brother, John E. Goetz IV and his wife, Kay, of Hurricane; granddaughter, Shelby Graves; niece, Kristin Goetz; and nephew, Scott Goetz. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Park. The family suggests that donations be made to HospiceCare, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064.

Nona M. Samples

Nona M. Taylor Samples, 96, of Clendenin died Dec. 24, 1998, in Heartland of Charleston Nursing Home. She was a retired cook from Clendenin Elementary School with over 30 years' service. She was a cook at Union Carbide Summer Camp Camelot with 27 years' service. She was a Methodist and attended Thorofare Community Church, Clendenin.

Surviving: daughters, Christine Hope Carte, Faye Pendola, and Gaye Morrison, all of Clendenin; brother, Earrie Ray Taylor of Clendenin; 24 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

James R. Johnston

GLEN - James Russell Johnston, 74, of Glen, Clay County, died May 8, 1999, in Memorial Division, CAMC, after a long illness. He was caretaker at Union Carbide's Camp Camelot, Blue Creek, with 30 years' service. He was a deacon at Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church, Lizemores

Surviving: wife, Elva Marie Morris Johnston; sons, Roger of Lake Norman, N.C., Jackie L. of Glen, Curtis of Kings Mountain, N.C., Terry of Dallas, N.C.; sister, Laura Nottingham of Clendenin; brother, Earl of Clendenin; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.