Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 22nd, 2011
As I reported here earlier, after a brief battle with cancer, Linda Scarberry died on Sunday morning, March 6th, 2011.
I knew that her maiden name was McDaniel, and that she was no longer married to Roger Scarberry. But not until I was in Point Pleasant over this last weekend did I realize that her formal published obituary was written under the name “Norman.” I was expecting the local newspapers to discuss her passing, as she was such an important spokesperson for the first sighting of Mothman, but none have noted her death.
First Mothman eyewitnesses: Roger and Linda Scarberry (right) and Steve and Mary Mallette (left).
Above is a screen capture of the Scarberry Mothman incident from The Mothman Prophecies.
The TNT today, photographed March 21, 2011, by Loren Coleman. I visited the TNT on the evening of March 20 and during the day of March 21.
I want to share the two Linda Scarberry obituary mentions I did discover, which do have further info about the specifics of her life.
Obituary: Linda S. Norman
Linda S. Norman, 63, of Point Pleasant died March 6, 2011. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 11, at Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant. Friends may call one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Henderson Cemetery.
Source: The Charleston Gazette
Linda S. Norman
(June 10, 1947 – March 6, 2011)
Linda Sue Norman, 63, of Point Pleasant, WV, died on Sunday March 6, 2011 in Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV. She was a homemaker. She was born on June 10, 1947 to the late Park McDaniel and Isabell Cleland McDaniel. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant son Patrick. She is survived by two daughters Donna Denais of Point Pleasant, WV, and Danielle Spencer of Point Pleasant, WV, and sister Brenda Spencer of Waterboro, S.C., and grandchildren Daniel Scarberry, Jasmine Scarberry, Darrien Scarberry, Logan Baisden, Zachary Denais, and Justice Denais. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 1 P.M. at Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, WV with Rev. Jeff Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in the Henderson Cemetery.
Source: The Deal Funeral Home.
Roger Scarberry survives Linda, as well. Roger has routinely refused on-camera interviews on the Mothman incident, in recent years.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.