Isaiah Morgan distiller dies
From the Register-Herald, Beckley, WV, April 27, 2006:
"SUMMERSVILLE — Lionel Rodney Facemire, 64, died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, in the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston.
He was the son of Jessie Butcher Facemire of Summersville and the late Foster Rodney Facemire, and was born at Charleston on May 7, 1941.
He was the founder of Kirkwood Winery in Summersville, a member of the Nicholas County Farm Bureau and Fair Board, the Southern West Virginia CVB, Odd Fellows Lodge No. 25 and Summersville Walkoma Lodge No. 52 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of Summersville Masonic Lodge No. 76, the Beni Keedem Temple, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, York Rite and Summersville Memorial United Methodist Church.
Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Carol Hamrick Facemire; a daughter, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Margaret Facemire at home; sons, Timothy Isaiah Morgan Facemire at home and Lovell Richard Facemire of Elkview; three brothers, Shirley Morris of Canvas, David Facemire of Titusville, Fla., and Daniel Facemire of Radford, Va.; three sisters, Patty Cook and Joan McKenzie, both of Summersville, and Shirley Yoxtheimer of Bostwick, Fla.; and five grandchildren..."
I believe the distillery/winery has some rye in barrels intended eventually to be issued as a 'straight'. I cannot find any reference to what effect Mr. Facemire's passing might have on distilling, but he was prominent in changing West Virginia laws to allow the making and retail sale of local whiskey.