Rev. Bernard Coffindaffer,

Erector of The Crosses, Dies

The Nicholas County man who gained national attention for making clusters of Crosses a common site throughout the United States has died. Rev. Berard Coffindaffer, 68, died Friday, Oct 8, of a heart attack at is home in Craigsville, WV.

Rev. Coffindaffer was the founder of Crosses of Mercy, Inc., which had the goal of covering the earth with Crosses. During the last ten years he had erected 1,842 Cross clusters in 29 states and the Philippines.

A former coal-washing mill operator, Coffindaffer spent more than $3 million erecting the Cross clusters, with each group of Crosses averaging $843 per cluster. A Cross cluster consists of a gold Cross flanked by two blue ones.

He was also the subject of a documentary called "Point man for God" as part of the public television award-winning series "Different Drummer". CBS News did a segment on Coffindaffer which was scheduled to be shown on "CBS Sunday Morning".

Coffindaffer was an ordained Methodist minister, a member of the Masonic Lodge and Beri Kedem Shrine in Charleston. He was a graduate of the University of Charleston.

Surviving: wife, June, at home, daughters, Michele Coffindaffer at home, Shelia Trapp of Orlando, Fl: Stepdaughters, Laura Morris of Charleston, Linda Robertson of Trout Lake, WA: brother, Cecil of Cottle: sister, Ruth Dorsey of Orlando, four grandchildren.

Services were held Monday Oct. 11, 1993 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Craigsville with the Rev James Burdette and the Rev. James Ombega officiating.