Lloyd E. “Dabney” Kisner, Jr., of Durbin and Frank, celebrating his 80th birthday in January, 2000 at the home of his sister, Pauline “Polly,” and husband, Joseph E. Mams, in Elkins, W.Va.
Dabney was born January 13, 1920 in Frank, West Virginia, the son of Lloyd Edgar Kisner, Sr. and Edna Mae Graham Kisner. He was a graduate of Green Bank High School, a World War II Army Veteran and the recipient of two Purple Hearts, a Distinguished Service Cross, the Air Medal for heroic action while participating in aerial flight, two Caterpillar Pins, and a Special Award from the Belgium Red Cross. He married Irene Jones of Elkins in 1947.
Dabney and Reeney were part owners of the Bartow Drive-In but sold their share when they opened the Pocahontas Motel and Restaurant in 1953 at the top of Cheat Mountain, which they operated until the 1990s. The restaurant was famous for the German pot roast and homemade pies.
“Dabney,” Lloyd Edgar Kisner, Jr., a lifelong restaurateur, hunter, fisherman, centurion, and uncle passed away on a snowy morning, December 1, 2020, at the age of 100. He is buried at the Arbovale Cemetery in Arbovale, W.Va.
“The Kisner Collection” has been donated to Preserving Pocahontas by the Kisner Family. Items are being added to the online digital library as they are inventoried and digitized. We thank Becky Benton and The Kisner Family for gifting their family albums, photographs, documents and military memorabilia to the people of Pocahontas County. (The Kisner Collection, Courtesy of the Kisner Family; ID: PHP004757)
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