CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia flags at state-owned facilities will be displayed at half-staff from dawn until dusk Saturday in honor of former state Sen. Lafe Ward of Williamson, who died last month.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the flags lowered for the day of Ward's funeral in Williamson.
Ward served in the Senate from 1971 to 1983. He was Senate Majority Leader for eight years, and was instrumental in securing federal funding for a flood wall to protect Williamson after a major flood in 1977. He also was Williamson city attorney from 1953 to 1955 and Mingo County prosecuting attorney from 1961 to 1971.