Steptoe, former circuit judge, dies at 70

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Circuit Judge Thomas Steptoe Jr. died Saturday. He was 70 years old.

Thomas Steptoe Jr. (Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia)

Steptoe sat on the bench of the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit, which includes Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties. He was elected to the position in 1984 at the age of 33; he was the youngest person ever elected circuit judge at that point in West Virginia history.

He retired in 2008 and served as a senior status circuit judge.

Before his judicial experience, he served four years in the state House of Delegates.

“I am truly saddened by the news of Tom’s passing,” state Supreme Court Chief Justice John Hutchison said. “I worked with him for years and considered him a friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. He will also be missed by those who depended upon his unflappable style and his well thought out decisions.”

Brown Funeral Homes & Cremations-Jefferson Chapel in Martinsburg is handling the funeral arrangements.

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