CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Within the last year, West Virginia lost police officers, a former governor, sports greats, a talented chef, businessmen, educators, and a doctor who paved the way for treatment of mental illness.
These and other notable West Virginians who died in 2012 will be remembered in 2013 and beyond for how they affected those left behind. They used their individual gifts to contribute in unique ways.
Beginning with January and continuing until the end of the year, here is a list of a few of those who will be missed.
Not long after the start of the year, Hulett Smith, West Virginia's governor from 1965 to 1969, died Jan. 15 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 93. During the time he served as the state's 27th governor, the death penalty was abolished, a school bond was passed that included Project Head Start for preschoolers, strip mines were regulated and 117 miles of interstate were opened.