CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State flags are being lowered at the Capitol and at state offices around Kanawha County for two public servants who died one week ago.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered flags lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk on Friday in memory of Joe E. Smith, who served on the Charleston City Council, as city treasurer and finally mayor. He also represented the 30th District in the House of Delegates and was executive director of the West Virginia Public Employees System.
Smith was 94.
On Saturday, the flags will be lowered again in honor of Michal Lewis, the former cabinet secretary for the state Department of Health and Human Resources. He was 70.
Both men died on Aug. 2.