CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia elected officials responded Thursday to the death of Mingo County businessman and philanthropist Buck Harless:

U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller:

Buck’s impact on West Virginia was significant. He worked to make a better life for himself, his family and his community, and his efforts created jobs and opportunities for southern West Virginia. Buck’s concern for his fellow West Virginians was evident in efforts, whether through providing health care resources for thousands, recreational programs for members of the community or the thousands of jobs he created as a businessman, made immeasurable contributions to communities in our state. I join with West Virginians everywhere in mourning the loss, and my prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin:

Buck Harless was a dear friend not only to me, but to all of West Virginia,” said Senator Manchin. “Gayle and I are deeply saddened to learn of his passing, and we extend our condolences to his wife Hallie, his entire family and to all of those who were touched by his exceptional life. I will always remember and admire Buck’s passion to make West Virginia a better place to work and to live, and his contributions to our state, particularly to our coal industry, state education programs and Boy Scouts of America, will never be forgotten. Buck was, and will continue to be an inspiration to me and so many others in this state, and he will be deeply missed.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin:

“West Virginia has lost a leader in our state’s business community with the passing of James ‘Buck’ Harless. Buck was committed to the people of our great state and the community he was proud to call home. He will long be remembered. Joanne and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Hallie, his extended family and friends.”

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey:

“West Virginia has lost a giant. Buck Harless’ generosity and philanthropy always will be remembered throughout West Virginia. My heart goes out today to the family and friends of the man who gave so much of himself to others. Mr. Harless was a living legend who shared his successes with his local community, the state and the region without asking for anything in return. He was a true West Virginia success story and embodied the strength, determination and love for his neighbors that makes this state great.”

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  • cutty77

    The Great Ones never tell you how Great they are. The lead by example,then let other people tell the story.

  • knows

    Never heard of him up here in northern part of state but it sounds like he did alot of good

    • A Different Joe

      That's what he made him special. He didn't want attention. No one really knows how far his charitable efforts reached.

  • Josh

    West Virginia lost a titan with Buck's passing.