The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 23, 2013

John Ellison to be added to Fayette County Wall of Honor

From Staff Reports

FAYETTEVILLE — A new member will be added to the Fayette County Wall of Honor this Friday.

John Ellison, who was born in Montgomery and is best known for writing the song “Some Kind of Wonderful,” will be the 28th person placed on the Wall of Honor.

Ellison plans to be at the Fayette County Courthouse this Friday, Oct. 25 at noon for a special ceremony the Fayette County Commission has planned. Ellison, who lived for several of his formative years in Landgraff, McDowell County, was slated to play a pair of concerts at Bluefield State College yesterday.

The public is invited to Friday’s ceremony, after which light refreshments will be served.

The original class of 26 honorees included Ethel Caffie-Austin, Stanley Bender, George Cafego, Joseph Dangerfield, Ollie Watts-Davis, Jon Dragan, John G. Fox, Homer Adams Holt, Rev. Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr., William S. Johnson, William R. Laird III, Admiral Joseph Lopez, Michael Martin, Charlie McCoy, Marian McQuade, Lucile Meadows, MacGillivray Milne, Okey L. Patteson, Christopher Harrison Payne, Paul Peck, Larry Thomas Pridemore, Charles Calvin Rogers, J. Alfred Taylor, Nell Elizabeth Walker, Lonnie Warwick and Carter G. Woodson. Their names were unveiled when the Wall of Honor was dedicated in June.

Since then, Capt. James Van Pelt Jr., an Oak Hill native, was added to the wall. According to, Van Pelt was the navigator for Crew C-15, which guided the “Bockscar,” the U.S. Army Air Force B-29 used to drop the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 9, 1945.