- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State flags at the Capitol Complex and all state-owned facilities in Mason County are being lowered in memory of former lawmaker Charles Lanham.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the flags lowered from dawn until dusk Saturday, the day of funeral services for the former Republican state senator.

The 85-year-old Lanham died Tuesday.

The Ripley native had a career in banking from 1952 until his retirement in 2008. He was appointed to the state Senate in 2005 and served the remainder of the unexpired term.

For four decades, he worked on projects for the expansion and completion of U.S. Route 35.

Services for Lanham are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant.

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