CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Friday ordered all State flags displayed at the Capitol Complex in Charleston and on all State-owned facilities in Kanawha County to be lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk Saturday, Jan. 25, in commemoration of the life and service of Judge Phyllis H. Carter, who died Jan. 18, according to a news release from Tomblin's office.
"While serving as the Director of the Human Rights Commission, Judge Carter worked tirelessly for the people of West Virginia, was a determined steward of change and made incredible strides to eliminate discrimination throughout the Mountain State," Gov. Tomblin said. "Joanne and I offer our sincere condolences to Judge Carter's friends, family and all who knew her."
Judge Carter served the state as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services; Executive Director of Division of Juvenile Services; Director of Federal-State Relations as Assistant Attorney General; and was active in community and civic affairs in which she committed herself to the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism.
In addition, Judge Carter served as the First Lady of West Virginia State University from 1987 to 2012 and left a notable legacy with her commitment to history and culture and the arts. Her service resulted in the establishment of the Booker T. Washington Institute and the creation of the West Virginia State University National Center for Human Rights.
Throughout her distinguished career, Judge Carter was the recipient of numerous national and community awards and honors for her work and commitment to endeavors for the improvement of society and the betterment of others.