Former Mingo County, WV lawmaker dies

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) - Former Mingo County Delegate Mike Whitt, one of the founders of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail, has died.

The Logan Banner ( ) reports that Whitt died at his home Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 59.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement Friday calling Whitt "an exceptional leader."

Whitt, a native of Matewan, served one and a half terms in the House of Delegates before being appointed the first and only Mingo County Redevelopment Authority executive director in 1990.

Whitt was a Marshall University graduate. He taught school in Mingo County for five years and worked in the mining industry for 11 years.

Services are set for 1 p.m. Monday at the Regional Church of God of Delbarton, with burial following in the Mountain View Memory Gardens.

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