Introduced Version House Resolution 43 History

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(By Delegates Guthrie, Anderson, Armstead, Barker, Beach, Brown, Butcher, Canterbury, Craig, Doyle, Eldridge, Ellem, Fleischauer, Frazier, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hartman, Hatfield, Hunt, Iaquinta, Ireland, Kominar, Lane, Longstreth, Louisos, Manchin, Marshall, Martin, Miley, Moore, Morgan, Moye, Perdue, Perry, D. Poling, M. Poling, Reynolds, Rodighiero, Ross, Shook, Skaff, Sobonya, Spencer, Staggers, Stephens, Stowers, Sumner, Susman, Tabb, Talbott, Webster, Wells, White, Williams and Wooton)

Memorializing the life of Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls, reporter extraordinaire, friend, Marshall University alum, and loyal West Virginian.

Whereas, Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls was born in 1954 in Kanawha County, the son of Glenn Cheetwood Searls and the late Carol Canterbury Searls; and
Whereas, Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls was raised in Marmet, West Virginia. As a youngster, he sold the WV Hillbilly and The Grit door to door and delivered The Charleston Gazette.
Whereas, Tom was a 1972 graduate of East Bank High School and editor of the school newspaper, The Pioneer Post. He then went on to attend Marshall University, where he was student body president for two terms; and
Whereas, Tom was a very proud native of Marmet and often referred to himself as a "Marmetian;" and
Whereas, A man with strong political beliefs, Tom often pointed out that he was the product of a mixed marriage - his father was a Republican and his mother was a Democrat; and
Whereas, Tom was a news hound who particularly like crime stories and in 2000 he won the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting, and in 2005 he was named Journalist of the Year by the West Virginia Association for Justice; and
Whereas, Tom never let his personal beliefs get in the way of being a fair reporter; and
Whereas, He loved history and politics and was an expert in West Virginia State and small-town politics. He was highly respected by his peers. Upon his death, he was called a "reporter's reporter" by Senator Robert C. Byrd. His reputation was of one who was tough, opinionated and passionate but always honest and fair; and
Whereas, A Red Carpet regular, Tom had a strong taste for alcohol and tobacco. On the exterior, he was a gruff curmudgeon but on the inside he was a very caring person who was always there for his family and friends; and
Whereas, Sadly, Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls passed away on August 14, 2008; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That House of Delegates hereby memorializes the life of Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls, reporter, friend, Marshall alum, and loyal West Virginian; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates hereby extends its sincere sympathy at the passing of Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates, forward a certified copy of this resolution to the family of Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls.
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