West Virginia Delegate Tony Lewis dies at 59

Published: Sep. 24, 2017 at 7:40 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia Delegate Tony Lewis has died at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer.

Lewis (R) served district 53 which includes Preston and Tucker counties.

The longtime delegate died around 4 p.m. Sunday after a battle with lymphoma.

House Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) released the following statement:

"I am so very sad to learn of Tony's passing," stated Armstead. "Tony was a true West Virginian and patriot. He served for 26 years in the West Virginia National Guard, and fought for our country during tours of duty in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a devoted family man, and a faithful and hard-working public servant. Tony's dedication and work ethic left a lasting impression on all of us who worked with him. His strong character was never more apparent than during the recent special session, as Tony continued to come to Charleston and speak up for his district while receiving treatment for his cancer. Anna and I extend our heartfelt prayers to Tony's wife Lyndia and his entire family during this difficult time. Tony earned the greatest respect and admiration of all his colleagues and he will truly be missed as both a legislator and a friend."