S: Carl Nutter and Carol Peters Nutter Family History
BC: Lovingly compiled by your family Thanksgiving, 2012
FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: Carl and Carol Nutter A tribute to their lives, love, and family legacy in celebration of their 80th birthdays. 1932-Present
2: Carl Donnally Nutter was born Dec. 18, 1932 in the little logging camp town of Swandale, WV to Roe Gethbert "Gep" Nutter and Clara May Wilson Nutter. A light was turned on to call the doctor to the house for his birth. His sister, Janet, came along five years later. The Elk River Coal and Lumber Co. owned and ran the town. Employees were provided modest housing and shopped at the company store. The Community Building was the center of all town activities - church, school, town meetings, and even basketball games. Carl's grandparents, Roy and Daisy Nutter, also lived in Swandale. Carl spent his first eight years enjoying the bustling activity surrounding the logging business and visiting the Wilson family farm (his grandparents) in summers. Carl's interest in rail cars started in Swandale, as well as his first taste of baseball, as he watched the men playing games on days off. His family moved to Dunbar, WV in 1940 after Gep found promising work in the growing chemical industry. Carl graduated from Dunbar High School in 1950 and Marshall College in 1954.
3: Carol Jean Peters was born October 25, 1932 in Beckley, WV.. | Carol Jean Peters Nutter was born October 25, 1932 in Beckley, WV to Marion Oswald "M.O." Peters and Clara Catherine Bell Peters. Their children were, in order: Edith, June, Ernest (Ernie), Edward (Eddie), Carol, and Shirley. M.O. supported the family by barbering and later coal mining when the Depression hit. Carol graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1950 and Marshall College in 1954. After years of mining and his children grown, M.O. developed health problems related to Black Lung so he and Clara moved to Cocoa Beach, FL where he found work as a carpenter for NASA at Cape Canaveral. After retiring, he purchased land a few blocks from the beach and built an apartment building where they lived and rented the remaining units. That location would be the center of semi-annual Nutter family visits for many, many years.
4: Carl was a natural athlete and developed his skills not in organized sports but by lots of playing. He developed a great curve ball by literally pitching the ball around a phone pole that stood between him and a catcher. As much as he loved baseball, Dunbar High did not have a baseball team but he did play basketball. Though not a fan, he also had to run track as conditioning for basketball. At 17, Carl managed a men's community baseball team that included his dad. He crafted his coaching and leadership skills at an early age. | High School Years
5: Carl with his fraternity brothers | Football at Marshall University | Marshall College | With no high school varsity playing experience, Carl was a walk-on baseball player in college. He not only made the team, but was a key player. He began playing 3rd base and finished as a catcher. His skills in intramural contests, like throwing 70 yds and punting 65 yds., caught the eye of a coach who offered him a full football scholarship. After several football players were drafted into the military, he became a back-up quarterback for the Marshall football team and special teams . He punted and kicked some extra points. His social personality led him to become a member of the "Pikes" fraternity.
6: Graduated from Woodrow Wilson High, Home of the Flying Eagles.,1950 | Carol was a shy, quiet girl. She was very musical playing in the orchestra and singing in the choir. Carol's lovely voice inspired her older sister, June, to pay for voice lessons. She loved reading and writing poetry, and English was her favorite class. At night, Carol would hide under the covers to read with a flashlight so sister Shirley wouldn't complain. A high school speech teacher encouraged her to try out for plays. She played a little basketball, though girls' sports weren't so available in the 1940's. Carol loved kids and earned money babysitting.
7: Having started at Beckley College, Carol transferred to Marshall her sophomore year. She always planned to become a teacher. In college, her favorite class was biology. She belonged to the Sportlettes, an independent girl's organization where she played intramural basketball and volleyball. Carl and Carol once played mixed croquet in the finals of an intramural tourney. Carl told her to peg out, but she instead tried to go back and help him. They lost the tourney, and it has been a favorite story of the children. It exemplifies Carol's nurturing and protective nature. | Carol and Shirley at Marshall with friends | Wedding of Shirley/Maurice with Clara Peters (L) and Carol (R).
8: Carl first saw Carol in the early fall of '51, their sophomore year. She was playing ping pong in the basement of the cafeteria. He found out his friend knew her and told him, "Boy she's pretty!" He called to ask her out, but she said, "No, I've heard of you and you don't have a good reputation." He eventually wore her down. He took her to | a movie at the Keith Albee and they began eating breakfast together. Monday nights Carl even skipped Naval Reserves so he could stand outside her window at Laidley Dorm and talk and sing to her. He was warned not to miss again.
9: Great Grandparents | In the summer before Junior year, Carl visited Beckley most weekends to see Carol. They played late night games of pinochle with her family. They had discussed marriage, but one day Carl gave her a diamond ring and left. He told her to tell your parents about it. Her mother thought she was too young. They married at a Methodist Church in Catlettsburg, Kentucky with Carl's mom and sister in attendance. During their senior year they lived in different dorms and had to ask permission to stay out past curfew to see each other. | Carl graduated and taught history at Nitro High School before going to work at Union Carbide. Carol taught elementary at various schools, retiring from Pt. Harmony Elem. after 30 years.
10: Deborah Jean Nutter Burns was born on Nov. 26, 1953. She graduated from Nitro High School (1971), West Virginia Univ., and Marshall University with an MA in Psychology. She eventually moved to Colorado.
11: Debby married M. "Joe" Burns and had Alex (11/18/92) and Andrew (9/26/94). | Alex and Audrey had Isabella Syllene in July 2012. | During high school, Debby was a cheerleader, accompanist and choir member. She was a talented dancer in the Charleston Ballet and performed in many productions. Reading and writing were also passions. Debby was a published poet, a source of pride to her family. She shared Carl's love of sports, especially the Cincinnati Reds. Being the oldest, she had the dubious pleasure of setting the stage for her younger siblings. Debby was a true scholar who loved learning and was interested in everything.
12: David Carl Nutter was born on May 26, 1955. A very inquisitive child and interested in nature, he once put a store bought egg under his pillow to see if it would hatch. He planted a vegetable garden in the vacant lot behind the house and enjoyed hunting with his Grandpa Nutter. David also had an artistic side and took art classes at the Sunrise museum in Charleston.
13: David graduated from Nitro High in 1973 and is a Marshall University alum. | He married Roxanna Dove, also a Marshall University grad.
14: Lynda Ann Nutter Biron was born Dec. 27, 1957. She attended Nitro High (1976) and Marshall U. (1980).She was active in choir and enjoyed accompanying on the piano. She spent much of her life with her nose in a book. Family was always important to her, so she stayed in WV. Lynda was the dog lover of the family. She taught high school and junior high English and Math before becoming a librarian. | Lynda is a big "tomboy". She played basketball and loved touch football. At Marshall, she was a two sport athlete playing tennis and running track. I | Steve and Lynda at a conference in Orlando in summer of '83.
15: Lynda married Stephen John Biron, the love of her life, on April 20, 1981. Lynda and Donna shopped together for a wedding dress they could share, though one wore a veil and the other a hat. | Nicholas Alan (Feb. 11, 1982) and Erin Elizabeth (March 5, 1987) completed their family. | Angelina (Lena) Faith Biron was born to Nicholas and Holly Caskey Biron on April 12, 2012. | Grayson James Parker was born to Erin Biron on Dec. 20, 2007.
16: Donna Sue Nutter Evans was born August 1, 1959. She graduated from Nitro High School (1977), Marshall Univ. (1981), and California Univ. of PA (2005). Donna always enjoyed dancing, playing piano, and singing. With her love of movement, it would not have been unusual to see her in the backyard practicing acrobatics and twirling a baton. In junior high and high school she participated in band and chorus, and was a majorette. She was on the tennis team in junior high but switched to track in high school; a change that started her lifetime love of running. | Nitro High majorette | Donna's senior prom 1977 | Kitty cuddling 1976
17: Donna and David Michael Evans were married August 21, 1981. Matthew Lloyd (1983), Nathaniel Lee (1985), Laura Brianne (1988), and Ethan Thomas (1991) rounded out the family. With a WV start, they ultimately became Pittsburgh Steeler fans after moving to Western PA in 1983. | Matt and Michaela Sterdis Evans were married June 26, 2010 and David (Avi) Robert was born August 11, 2012. | Spartanburg, SC 1992 | Ethan, Laura, Nathan Easter 2010 | Superbowl 2009
18: Cindi, Dunbar HS's first female Drum Major, with Gep and Clara | Cindi with her future husband, Paul Kinney, Jodie, Janet, Chip, and Joe Skowron | Miss University of Florida 1982 | Cynthia Lee Nutter Kinney was born on October 4, 1959. Graduated from Dunbar HS in 1977 and Univiversity of Florida in 1982. She loved singing, dancing, pizza, ice cream and painting her nails. Growing up she had her own microphone and wished she was Barbara Streisand. Aren't you glad she's not.
19: (Clockwise) Cindi and Paul, married in 1982 after they met in Up With People, Peter and John in the pumpkin patch, family photo ('09), Peter on the soccer field, and John's graduation from California Maritime Academy in 2011. Cindi's adventure has been home schooling their boys in CA! .
20: Carl officiated high school and college football(44 yrs) and basketball for 38 yrs.. He was chosen to referee many State Tourneys at the Charleston Civic Center and Laidley Field. He also held many clinics for budding new referees. | The coveted "rings" awarded in National/World Senior Softball Tourneys. | Carl continued playing baseball for Tabor Music and began playing fast pitch softball. A scout from the Chicago White Sox and later Detroit was confident he would make it, but couldn't guarantee money. Carl really wished he could have gone. He suspected he might have made it.He caught bullpen for The Chas. AAA team. | Carl played, coached and managed Hecks, a team he started. The kids grew up at Bigley Ave. with the ballplayers as a part of their summer family.
21: ...and the love of sports passed on... | Donna | Dave | Debby | Lynda
22: Above: Laura Below: Peter | Above: Matt Below: Ethan | Above: Grayson Below: Alex
23: ...and on to the next generation. | Clockwise: John, Erin, Nicholas, Nathan, and Andrew
24: Carol's love of music was encouraged by her older sisters. She played the violin, sang in the high school choir, and later the church choir. She wanted all of her children to be musical and sent the girls to Anna Ruth Pioch to take piano. Debby, Lynda, and Donna sang in the Nitro Chorus and were chosen for All-State Chorus during their time there. Donna played clarinet in the band. Cindi was also active in chorus and band at Dunbar High School and sang in the All-State Chorus with Donna. She played the flute. In our family, Mom's specialty song was Summertime and Dad"s was Paper Doll. Although Dad's rendition was heartfelt, Mom's crooning was very melodious. Long family road trips were perfect occasions to hear Mom's entertaining songs and the girls' repertoire of camp songs.
25: ....that creative flow took many directions. | The Birons create a gingerbread house masterpiece in 2011.
26: Great-grandfather George Nutter and family with Grandfather Roy Nutter as a boy | Vernon (Poppy) and Alice (Mommy) Wilson (Carl's Grandparents) | Emmett and Arthur (Clara's Brothers) beside Vernon (C) | Gep, Clara, Carl, and Janet | Young Clara and Gep | Carl (boy holding bats), Uncle Stanley (behind him), Gep 2nd row of men & furthest right, Uncle Ralph on 2nd row beside man with pipe (no uniform), Emmett Wilson, Mgr/Coach in back with glasses and hat - Swandale, WV Baseball Team 1940 | NUTTER/WILSON CLAN
27: M. O. and Clara Peters | Grandma and Grandpa Peters with M. O. and Eddie (Carol's brother) | M. O. Peters and brothers Woodrow and Joe. | Grandma and Grandpa Peters with brothers Joe, Woodrow, and M.O. | PETERS/ BELL CLAN | M. O. and Clara
28: Picture taken at Cross Lanes Uniter Methodist Church after the family moved to Cross Lanes. Carl and Carol continue to be very active in the church with Sunday School, Methodist Men and Women, organizing Nursing Home Visitations, driving the van, and being greeters. | Debby, Lynda, and David
29: The Nutters all enjoyed going to Cocoa Beach, FL or Myrtle Beach for vacations. It was not unusual for eight people, Carl's family of six plus his mother Clara and Cindi, to pile in for a trip to FL. Entertainment for the long ride included, of course, singing as well as a variety of games. Once there, we would split our time between Grandma and Grandpa Peters' apartments, Aunt Edith and Jack's house, and Aunt Janet and Joe's house. There were trips to Weeki Watchee Springs, the Kapok Tree, Fort Augustine and Disney World. Eating at Uncle Joe's Long John Silvers was also a treat. Those were memorable Easter and Summer vacations.
30: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
31: Carl and Carol's 50th Wedding Anniversary, 2003
32: Grandma and Grandpa spent many summers watching grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Much time was spent in Lynda's pool.
33: S E N I O R O L Y M P I C S O R L A N D O 1 9 9 9
34: Carl with his Aunts Mildred and Joanne, and Uncle Stanley | John
36: Donna, Cindi, Lynda and Sasha | David, Donna, baby Matt, Steve and Nicholas | Above: Donna, Lynda, and Debby Below: Carl, Clara, and Carol
37: Cindi, Lynda, and Donna in Fall of 1972 | Carol with John and Laura | Gr. Grandma Nutter with Erin and Laura | Debby, Donna, Lynda, and Dave during Thanksgiving 2010. | Debby