Mordue rises steeply from behind a D & G Mart and gas station, a furrowed gravel path winding up several hundred feet to a small plateau. Up above, varied headstones made of rotting wood, poured concrete, aluminum foil and chiseled granite make up a kaleidoscope of the town's history.
In one section, a dozen 'Peters' family names are seen on grave markers, nestled amid the blooming daffodils and scattered brush. And next to them, generations of other Whitesville mining families, like the Ferrells, Jarrells, Lovelys and Masseys, with whom they'll rest for ages to come.
Meanwhile, rescue crews are working their way through the coal mine in search of four miners missing from the blast that killed 25 colleagues Monday.
Gov. Joe Manchin say crews entered the Upper Big Branch mine about 30 miles south of Charleston at 4:55 a.m. EDT today.
Rescuers had to wait to enter the mine until four ventilation shafts were drilled and dangerous methane gas and carbon monoxide levels dropped to safe levels.
Officials are holding out hope that the miners had somehow survived the explosion by escaping into airtight chambers with enough food, water and air to survive for up to four days.