Local optometrist, author and historian, Dr. Coleman C. Hatfield, son of the late Coleman A. Hatfield and great-grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield, died at Charleston Area Medical Center General hospital yesterday. He was 81.
Hatfield was the co-author (with Robert Y. Spence) of The Tale of the Devil, chronicling the life of his great-grandfather, who was the patriarch of the Hatfield clan involved in the infamous Hatfield-McCoy Feud of the early 20th century.
Dr. Hatfield was also president of the Hatfield Historical Associates. He resided at Stollings, where he enjoyed his hobbies of target shooting and beekeeping. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia.
Hatfield had recently been working on a sequel to The Tale of the Devil, which would have told the life story of Cap Hatfield, his grandfather and Devil Anse’s son.
Dr. Hatfield was named Tamarack Author of the Year for writing The Tale of the Devil.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Logan with Dr. Charles Wood II officiating. Burial will follow in Athens Cemetery in Athens, W.Va. Friends may call Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan and one hour prior to services on Thursday.
Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.