The elder Rose was with his wife when their all-terrain vehicle became stuck, the son said. She had begun walking away from the ATV as he tried backing it up, George Rose said.
"She heard the limb break, but she had already walked a little ways. She didn't think anything of it, and didn't realize that anything was wrong. But then she saw he wasn't coming," the younger Rose said. "It was a big limb. ... I don't even think he knew it hit him."
Rose was running in the House's 47th District. He was known at the Legislature as an advocate of deer farms, where captive herds are bred for hunting, as livestock and for commercial products.
"The whole county knew him," George Rose said. "He got a lot of other deer farmers started."
Lt. Phil Ferguson, a 46-year-old Barbour County sheriff's deputy, has known Rose, his wife and their three children his whole life.
"He was a real nice fellow. He would give you the shirt off his back if you asked him," Ferguson said. "He was just a real fine fellow."
His name will remain on the ballot but there will be a special write-in period.
Rose had run a power-washing business and worked as a coal miner before starting a deer farm four or five years ago, Ferguson said. Rose had just acquired elk and was expanding his business, raising the animals and selling them to private hunting operations in Pennsylvania and other states.
Hart said the other Barbour County man died while shoveling snow at his home. She declined to identify him until his relatives had been notified.
Goodwin identified the Tucker County woman as Nanci Hedrick of Davis, a front desk supervisor at the Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center. Hedrick's car slid into the path of a cement truck on W.Va. Route 32 on Monday. The driver of the cement truck and his son were taken to the hospital, media outlets reported.
The storm that dumped at least 2 feet of snow in some higher elevations has prohibited the utilities from using helicopters to assess damage to transmission lines. Instead, that work has been done on the ground, meaning it will take longer for crews to look over the lines in rural, mountainous areas.
"We're still in this damage assessment phase," Mon Power spokesman Mark Nitowski said. "People in West Virginia are very self-reliant and they've shown extreme patience with us."
Nitowski had no estimate on when power would be restored to 111,000 customers of Mon Power and Potomac Edison. At least 80 percent of customers in Barbour, Nicholas, Pendleton, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties had no electricity.
Appalachian Power's website said it had 113,000 outages Wednesday in southern West Virginia. In Kanawha County alone, 30,000 customers were out, but that had been reduced from 50,000 a day earlier. The 2,573 customers who lost service in Nicholas County represented 95 percent of the utility's customers in that county.
Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye said service is expected to be restored by Friday night in Beckley, Bluefield, Hamlin, Hico, Huntington, Logan, Pineville, Point Pleasant, Ripley, Wayne, Welch, and Williamson. Service is expected to be restored by late Sunday night in some other areas, including Charleston and Madison.
More help is on the way. Power company crews from Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin are being dispatched to West Virginia to assist Appalachian Power. Nitowski said he also expected additional help for FirstEnergy crews.