Bluefield, W.Va. – Delegates that represent portions of Mercer County, including Joe Ellington R-Mercer, Marty Gearheart-R-Mercer, Cliff Moore, D-McDowell and John Shott, R-Mercer, expressed their condolences on the death of Ms. Barbara Hawkins, a longtime reporter for the Bluefield area.
· “Barbara was an exceptional individual and good friend for many years – I was deeply saddened when I heard of her passing. Barbara was an excellent role model, both as a person and professional. She was a very positive optimistic lady, despite her personal battles with her health. The world has lost a very decent, respectful, honorable person that is rare to find these days. My condolences and prayers are with all of her friends and family.” – Del. Joe Ellington, R-Mercer
· “Barbara was fiercely loyal to the people of southern West Virginia and remained a tireless advocate for the turnpike tolls. She always made certain that all of local legislators got on the air to discuss their views and ideas. Mercer County has a lost a gem, and she will certainly be missed.” – Del. Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer
· “Not only was Barbara Hawkins my friend, she was a friend to the people of southern West Virginia. Not only was Barbara Hawkins a wonderful reporter, she was an even better friend, sister and home girl. Although it will take a little time for me to recover, I will continue to miss her dearly.” – Del. Cliff Moore, D-McDowell
· “In addition to her friendship, we will miss her experience and understanding of government and the legislative process. She always demonstrated such poise and professionalism in her reporting. Her true talent shined in her ability to explain the political process in a way that was easy to follow.” – Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer