Pastor Dewey Chafin handled a snake during a service at the Church of The Lord Jesus in Jolo, W.Va., in September, 1995. Chafin, now 82, says he's been bitten hundreds of times.
Among them was Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro who died saturday Feb. 15, 2014 after being bitten by rattlesnake during a service at his church in Middlesboro. File Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Pastor Dewey Chafin handled a snake during a service at the Church of The Lord Jesus in Jolo, W.Va., in September, 1995. Chafin, now 82, says he's been bitten hundreds of times. Among them was Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro who died saturday Feb. 15, 2014 after being bitten by rattlesnake during a service at his church in Middlesboro. File Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER
Pastor Dewey Chafin handled a snake during a service at the Church of The Lord Jesus in Jolo, W.Va., in September, 1995. Chafin, now 82, says he's been bitten hundreds of times. Among them was Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro who died saturday Feb. 15, 2014 after being bitten by rattlesnake during a service at his church in Middlesboro. File Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER

Snake-handling preacher: 'If you don't understand it, don't knock it'

February 22, 2014 5:54 PM