Last November I wrote HERE about the fading tradition of snake handling in West Virginia. Well, last Sunday the pastor profiled in that Washington Post story, Randy 'Mack' Wolford, died just hours after bring bitten in the thigh by one of his rattlesnakes during a church service, according to THIS new Washington Post story (and accompanying slide show of 18 photos, some taken just after he was bitten). Wolford was 44 years old.
Randy Wolford's father was also a snake handling pastor. He died at the age of 39, also from a snake bite, when Randy was 15.