Former Hamlin coach Charles Elkins dies

Longtime Hamlin basketball coach Charles Elkins, 85, died Tuesday morning following a lengthy illness.

The father of Buffalo basketball coach Chuck Elkins and former Hamlin and Lincoln County coach Bill Elkins, the elder Elkins coached at Hamlin from 1952-89, taking the Bobcats to the state tournament three times with two runner-up finishes.

Plans called for a viewing at the old Hamlin High School gym on Friday night. Handley Funeral Home in Hamlin is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Elkins, who also coached track and was an assistant football coach at Hamlin, was also a past president of the West Virginia Coaches Association.

— from staff reports

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