Kenna J. Heatherman, M.D., is engaged in the successful practice of his profession at Omar, Logan
County, where he is official physician and surgeon for the Main Island Creek Coal Company and the
Middle Fork Coal Company, besides which he is secretary, treasurer and manager of the Chafin-Jones-
Heatherman Coal Company, a new operating corporation which made its first shipment of coal from its
mine at Peach Creek, Logan County in March, 1922.
Doctor Heatherman was born at Bramwell, Mercer County, West Virginia, on the 8th of December, 1889,
and is a son of William T. and Harriet Ann (Gilmore) Heatherman, the former of whom was born in West
Virginia and the latter in Ireland, the father being now superintendent of mines at Powhatan, near
Bramwell, in which former place he and his wife maintain their home. The Heatherman family ancestry
is of Scotch-Irish origin.
Doctor Heatherman acquired in the schools at Powhatan, McDowell County, his early education, and in
1908 he graduated in a preparatory school in the City of Baltimore, Maryland. He then entered the
medical department of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and in this institution he was graduated
in 1912, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He engaged in practice at Glenalum, Mingo County, West
Virginia, and mine physician for the War Eagle Coal Company, and there he remained until January, 1918,
when he removed to Omar to assume mine practice of the various mines controlled by the Main Island Creek
Coal Company. He has proved personally and professionally equal to the responsibilities placed upon him
in connection with a large and important mine practice, which includes many surgical cases, and he utilizes
the hospital facilities at Huntington, Hatfield and other points. The Doctor was anxious to enter the
Medical Corps of the United States Army in connection with the world war, but field-production was a matter
of major importance during the climacteric period and he was held to his executive professional duties at
the mines, where the government considered his services of equal value. He is a member of the Logan County
medical Society, the West Virginia State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. The Doctor
is affiliated with the Pi Mu medical college fraternity.
At Lousville, Kentucky, in 1912, Doctor Heatherman married Miss Pearl May Arbuckle, daughter of J.M. and Jane
Arbuckle, the Arbuckle family having been one of prominence in Indiana. Mrs. Heatherman's death occurred at
Omar, and she is survived by two children, Kenna J., Jr., and Harriet Jane.
The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago and New York, Volume 111
Submitted by Tina Hursh August 15, 2000