- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

PULASKI, Tenn. (AP) - Family and friends on Monday mourned the passing of Steve Hershel Lake, a former publisher and president of the Tennessee Press Association.

Lake died Saturday at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville after a long illness, according to the Bennett-May-Giles Funeral Home in Pulaski. He was 75.

Funeral services were held Monday at First Baptist Church in Pulaski.

Lake was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but called Pulaski home for years. He was a veteran of the Alabama National Guard and former publisher of the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, Carthage Courier and Pulaski Citizen.

Mike DeLapp, current publisher of the Herald-Citizen, said Lake was publisher at the newspaper from 1969 to 1976. He said Lake was a dedicated newspaper man with a cheerful personality.

“Whenever you saw Hershel, he was always the same jovial person,” DeLapp said. “You could hear him laughing before you ever saw him.”

Frank Gibson, public policy director for the Tennessee Press Association, said Lake was the epitome of a community journalist.

“He was devoted to his family, committed to the community that his newspaper served, and a leader in the industry in this state.”

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