CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While the death of a legendary U.S. senator claimed the most headlines, 2010 marked the passing of many other West Virginians who will be remembered for their impact on those left behind.
Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, died June 28 at age 92. He went from poverty in Stotesbury, a former coal mining town in Raleigh County, to become a nine-term U.S. senator who funneled billions of federal tax dollars into the state for hundreds of projects for his beloved West Virginia.
As he aged and became more physically frail, his remained as knowledgeable and intimidating as any politician in the country. He died peacefully about 3 a.m. on a Monday at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Each of the notable West Virginians lost in 2010 made unique contributions to the state.
While it is not possible to name them in order of importance, an alphabetical list will be used to remember some who will be missed this New Year and in years to come.