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‘He was one of a kind’: Renowned photographer, beloved community member Mel Grubb dies at 93

By SAMANTHA PERRY AND CHARLES BOOTHE

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Mel Grubb was well-known for his aerial photographs, many of which graced the front pages of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
(Bluefield Daily Telegraph photo)

BLUEFIELD, W.Va.  — Renowned photographer, World War II veteran, pilot and beloved Bluefield community member Melvin L. Grubb, 93,  died Wednesday morning.

Throughout his life, Grubb documented events — large and small — that characterized his community. From weddings and engagements to underground coal mining operations, his passion for photography had no boundaries.

Grubb was well-known for his aerial photographs, many of which graced the front pages of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Newsroom lore tells of “Mel” opening the door of his plane while in air, and hanging out the side with his camera in order to get the best shot.

Grubb is remembered by friends, family and

colleagues as an icon in his profession, and a gentleman who epitomized graciousness and goodwill.

“I’ve worked with Mel since 1969,” the late Daily Telegraph Executive Editor Tom Colley said in a 2007 story about Grubb. “Not only do I consider him to be one of the finest photographers I’ve ever known, but he’s also one of the best friends I’ve ever had. I have always had a deep respect for his personal integrity and his kindness.”

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