[caption id="attachment_36198" align="aligncenter" width="800"]<img class="size-full wp-image-36198" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2019\/03\/Doug-Hylton-photo-credit-Jenny-Harnish.Register-Herald-1.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="534" \/> (Photo by Jenny Harnish\/The Register-Herald)<br \/>Ronceverte history is a subject Doug Hylton was deeply conversant with. The Ronceverte Museum, a special project he established and curated, is open on Sundays and filled with Ronceverte memorabilia.[\/caption]\r\n<h1>The municipalities of Greenbrier County, communities across West Virginia, and possibly even the governor of the state, owe a debt of gratitude to Doug Hylton.<\/h1>\r\nAs a grant consultant for over 25 years, he was an expert, known for compiling thousands of grant proposals that generated millions of dollars, of which he was pretty proud to make available \u201cto help our communities to meet their needs.\u201d We will miss him for his expertise, but we will remember him for his friendship, vitality and generosity.\r\n\r\nOn Friday, Mar. 1, Doug succumbed to a sudden illness. He was 63 years old. At his funeral on Tuesday, Ronceverte council woman Kathy King said in her remarks of thanks that Doug had just finished the last part of a grant he was working on and got it submitted the day before he died. He did his best to make every day count by serving others, she said. (Hylton\u2019s obituary can be found on page 7 of the <em>Mountain Messenger.<\/em>)\r\n\r\nPastor Stephen Baldwin, who officiated at the funeral at the Rhema Center in Fairlea, said, as a reflection of the expressed feelings of the many attending mourners, \u201cGone too soon, seemingly with so much to give - Doug was so full of life. It\u2019s a shock [for us] to be here today.\u201d\r\n\r\nDoug labored for Ronceverte, his beloved home town, the various communities of the county and numerous other places across the state. \u201cHe meant so much to everybody,\u201d said Marsha Humphrey of Ripley, who along with about 20 members of Main Street West Virginia, came from around the state to honor this boundlessly dedicated man.\r\n\r\nGrant projects he helped to make happen included community developments involving street scape projects, recreational and walking trails, cemetery conservation, historic surveys, federal grants for clinics and health centers, arts programs, building renovations and drinking fountains. Libraries, local parks, flood recovery, the Meadow River Trail, the L&R Trail, community gardens, Christmas lights, emergency back-up generators, and equipment for police departments - all benefited from his talent for writing grants. The list, as King stated, would \u201ccover the entire stage [at Rhema] and stand five feet high.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s so much to do,\u201d he\u2019d say, and yet, he\u2019d still have time to escort the elderly ladies of Ronceverte to their doctor appointments. Kindness with humor was his forte.\r\n\r\nA special project close to Doug\u2019s heart was the Ronceverte Museum, which he created five or six years ago. The building that houses it is under the old walking bridge next to the post office, and is \u201cwhere relics are collected and memories are preserved.\u201d He welcomed every item, no matter how mundane, that found its way to the museum, building the record of Ronceverte\u2019s history bit by bit.\r\n\r\n\u201cHow can we honor his memory,\u201d Ronceverte Mayor David Smith asked, except to pick up and carry on with his work by volunteering in your own communities. Smith quoted from James 2:14-17, \u201cWithout works, faith is dead.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cDoug lived that,\u201d he said. \u201cWhat you do shows where your heart lies.\u201d\r\n\r\nHow about a shout out to Doug - \u201cThank you, Doug!\u201d - and now, go visit the museum.