CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all state flags at all state-owned facilities be lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk Saturday, May 4, the day of services for former West Virginia Senator and Mingo County native Lafe Ward.
"Senator Ward was dedicated to the people of his district-working hard to improve infrastructure and even securing federal funding for a flood wall to protect the City of Williamson after a massive flood in 1977," Tomblin said. "Joanne and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."
Ward was elected to the West Virginia Senate in 1970, 1974, and 1978. He represented West Virginia's Sixth Senatorial District, which, at the time, was comprised of Mingo, McDowell and Wayne counties. Ward served as Senate Majority Leader for the 61st, 62nd, 63rd and 64th Legislatures of West Virginia. During his tenure, he served on the Senate Committees on Banking and Insurance; Education; Energy; Industry and Mining; Finance; Military; and Transportation. Ward, an attorney, also served as Williamson City Attorney and Prosecuting Attorney of Mingo County.
Ward is survived by his wife, Norma Brewin Ward; his daughter, Cynthia Ward Brasher (Bruce); his daughter, Leslie Ward Vancho (Vince); his daughter, Donna Ward Toulme (Nill); his son, Lafe Preston Ward, Jr.; his son, David Townsend Ward; his sister, Garnet Oakes (Walter); his brother, Lindy Ward; his stepdaughter, Kathleen Brewin Lewis (Jeff); thirteen grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Lafe Preston Ward; his mother, Eula M. Ward; his first wife, Dorothy Ayers Ward; his brother, Wilbur Ward; and his brother, Ogden Ward.