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The Capital City Striders appreciated Coach Richie Daniel’s help and service as coach, and were sad to learn that he passed away on April 13.  We will miss him.   Contributions in Richard’s memory may be made here .

Head Coach Al Strader 

Richard Howard Daniels II, 42, of St. Albans, passed away April 13, 2014, at Thomas Memorial Hospital.  Richard was a 1990 graduate of St. Albans High School, where he excelled in football and track. He coached midget league football and Capital City Striders. Richard was employed with Suddenlink for 11 years and he loved Alabama football - "Roll Tide!”  Richard always had a smile and never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife, Angel Daniels; sons, Jalen and Storm Daniels; stepchildren, Hannah Evans, Hunter Paul and Caleb and Cody Evans; mother, Peggy and John Cashwell; sisters, Kim Dickerson and Christina Wilder; nieces and nephews, Chase Daniels, Aric Dickerson, Erin Dickerson and Allison Brandon; father, Richard H. and Josie Daniels; sisters, Beth Brinson, Heather Daniels and Jerri Phillips; nieces and nephews, Isaiah Daniels, William Sales and Ayana Sales; and brother, Randy Farmer.

A celebration of Richard's life was held on Thursday, April 17, at Casdorph and Curry Funeral Home in St. Albans, with Mr. Eullas Brinson and the Rev. Willie Washington officiating. He was buried in Teays Hill Cemetery, St. Albans.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at .

Richard Howard Daniels II


                      YOUTH TRACK AND FIELD

In Memoriam

Christopher “Chris” Michael Boggs of St. Albans, WV, died unexpectedly in a tragic accident Sunday, October 24, 2021, at age 36.   In 2002, as a sophomore at St. Albans High School, Chris eclipsed former Olympic gold medalist Randy Barnes’ long standing high school record in the discus throw. He broke the county high school record in discus throw in 2004. He was also active with AAU Sports and the Capitol City Striders.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were requested to be made in Chris’ honor with a donation to Capital City Striders, Inc. to support youth track and field in Kanawha County.  We thank those who have donated already (you will be hearing from us right after Christmas).

To donate to Capital City Striders, click here. 

Paul Gilmer

Paul Gilmer Jr. gained his heavenly wings on July 25, 2018, after a short illness. Paul Jr. was the first-born son of the late Rev. Dr. Paul J. and Anna Evans Gilmer, born on September 20, 1949. He was a lifetime resident of Charleston. He was educated in Kanawha County Schools and graduated from Dunbar High School. Later, after serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to continue his education and graduated from West Virginia State University with a Bachelor's Degree. Paul started his professional career with 25 years of employment with IBM which lasted until 1994. He later worked for the City of Charleston as the Assistant to the City Manager and the Senior Assistant to the Mayor. He was the Executive Director of the Community Council of Kanawha Valley, Inc.; Senior Vice President of The United Way of Kanawha Valley; Manager of Community Affairs with Columbia Natural Resources and Triana Energy. Gilmer is the owner of BTAS (Business, Tax and Accounting Services) and PJ Gilmer, Inc., (management and consulting services). He has served as a Board member of the following community Organizations: Kanawha Valley Collective; National Center for Disease Control (CDC); United Way of Kanawha Valley; Governor's Committee; HSTA (Health Sciences & Technology Academy); National Association of Planning and Research Councils; Youth Council of the Workforce Investment Board; WV Center for Civic Life; Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center; WV Association AAU; WV Association USA Track & Field; Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce and City Councilman, City of Charleston. His most notable accomplishments are his zest as a volunteer manager of youth programming. Since 1982, he has been involved with the Capitol City Striders, Inc. As the President of WV's largest youth track and field program, he was also the Regional Coordinator of Youth Track and Field for five states. His "hobby" was coaching youth football for the Midwestern Big Blues on Charleston's West Side for over 40 years. The message stays the same to encourage youth to do something positive with your life. Gilmer says "Not to achieve, but overachieve. We focus on effort. I think part of our success is if you can get them that young, you can teach them to run efficiently." He leaves to continue his legacy and celebrate his memories, his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Linda; daughters, Batese and Melissa (Walter); sons, Ryan, Charles (Andrea), Shawn (Julie) and Anthony; mother, Anna Evans Gilmer; sisters, Vikki (Michael) and Janet; brothers, "Rocky" Rodney and Rev. Dr. Charles (Rebecca); grandchildren, Keshawna, Trevor, Solomon, Audrey, Allyson and Eric; and great -grandchildren, Michael and Leono. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Capitol City Striders or the Midwestern Big Blues, c/o 424 Washington St. W, Charleston, WV 25302. Funeral Service will be at Grace Bible Church, 600 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, on Wednesday, August 1. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a noon service. Interment at Grandview Cemetery in Dunbar. Preston Funeral Home will be serving the Gilmer family. 

All our hearts were heavy due to the passing of Head Coach Al Strader. Al had been ill for some time, but he very seldom shared his pain with many people. Coach Strader passed away August 7, 2012 after a brief bout with cancer.  We love him and will miss him. Please remember his family in your prayers.  Contributions in Al’s memory may be made here .

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CEO: Coach William “Chip” Ferrell

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Institute, WV 25112



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