Introduced Version House Resolution 35 History

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(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson, and Delegate Armstead,

on behalf of All Members of the House)

[Introduced March 5, 2012]



Celebrating the life and lamenting the death of Larry Willis Border, pharmacist, farmer, developer, beloved husband, father and grandfather, and member of the House of Delegates.

    Whereas, Larry Willis Border was born on June 3, 1951, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the son of Willis and Helen Border; and

    Whereas, Larry graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1970, and then attended Parkersburg Community College and West Virginia University, graduating from the WVU School of Pharmacy in 1975; and

    Whereas, Larry worked as a pharmacist for over 35 years, during which time he trained many pharmacy students in his profession; and

     Whereas, Larry was married to his high school sweetheart, Anna Lois Adams, his love and confidant for 38 years, and with whom he shared the joy of having three children, Heather Border Mullens, D.O., of Cary, North Carolina, Rebecca Border Dimit, C.P.A., of Williamstown, West Virginia, and Christopher Border, PharmD., also of Williamstown, West Virginia. Above all else, Larry was a family man and while he was very proud of his children and their accomplishments, he was also proud of his seven grandchildren, Lacy Dimit, J. J. Dimit, Kylie Border, Bailey Border, Katie Mullens, Claire Mullens, and Mark Christopher Mullens; and

    Whereas, Music was an integral part of Larry’s life. From playing in the Parkersburg High School band, to jamming on his electric guitar in his parent’s basement with a band known as the Corduroy Lollipops, to singing in the “Friends” gospel quartet with his wife, Anna, Larry was always involved with music; and

    Whereas, Larry was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1990 and was subsequently reelected in each election through 2010. As a member of the Legislature, Larry was instrumental in getting legislation passed to provide hepatitis B immunizations to all West Virginia firemen, cosponsored legislation to protect the unborn and restrict gambling in the State of West Virginia, and other legislation to benefit all West Virginians. Most recently, Larry was the author of legislation that he believed would help decrease the number of meth labs in West Virginia; and

    Whereas, During his twenty-one years in the Legislature, Larry served on many committees including Finance, Rules and Agriculture. He was the Minority Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Resources, and served as the Minority Whip for several years. Larry also served as a preceptor for the WVU School of Pharmacy, and in this position he taught many pharmacy students the ins and outs of the legislative process and nurtured their interest in public service; and

    Whereas, Larry truly enjoyed mentoring newly elected Republican members and he became affectionately known as “Den Mother.” As “Den Mother”, Larry spent countless hours helping his fellow members balance the challenges of serving in the Legislature with their personal lives, always with the goal of helping them become the best public servants they could be; and

    Whereas, Larry was an active member of and donated time and enthusiasm to numerous organizations including the Wood County Farm Bureau, Wood County Planning Commission, and the Wood County Republican Executive Committee. He was also a charter member of the Eastwood Lions Club, where he was a Melvin Jones Fellow recipient, and he was a Board member of the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices. In addition, Larry was an active member and trustee of the Word of God Ministries Church; and

    Whereas, Larry Border was a man of deep faith and traditional values, all of which guided his position on issues in the Legislature. He cared deeply and genuinely about the people of his district, and he worked tirelessly for the Parkersburg and Davisville communities, Wood and Wirt counties, and the State of West Virginia in numerous ways over the years; and

    Whereas, Sadly, the Honorable Larry W. Border passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Camden Clark Hospital, St. Joseph’s Campus, leaving behind a life of dedication and commitment to his family, community and state; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Delegates:

    That the House of Delegates hereby celebrates the life and laments the death of the Honorable Larry W. Border, pharmacist, farmer, developer, beloved husband, father and grandfather, and member of the House of Delegates; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates hereby extends its sincere sympathy at the passing of the Honorable Larry W. Border; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the family of the Honorable Larry W. Border.

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