CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today ordered all State flags displayed on the State Capitol Complex grounds and displayed at State facilities throughout Kanawha County be lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk on Friday, August 9, 2013 in honor of former Delegate and Mayor Joe F. Smith. State flags on the State Capitol Complex grounds and at State facilities throughout Kanawha County will again be lowered to half-staff from dawn to dusk on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in honor of former Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Dr. Michael Lewis.
Joe F. Smith, was elected to the Charleston City Council in 1967 and then as Charleston City Treasurer in 1975. While serving in this capacity he was appointed to fulfill the unexpired mayoral term of John Hutchison. During Smith's term as Mayor of Charleston, from 1980 to 1983, he was instrumental in the opening of the Charleston Town Center Mall, and significantly increasing the pay levels for the city's police officers, firefighters, and ambulance personnel, among many other successful endeavors. Smith later served as the Executive Director of the West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System and as a member of the House of Delegates for the 30th District. Smith passed away at the age of 94 on August 2, 2013.
Smith is survived by his son, Dr. Thomas S. Smith; his daughter, Deborah Hodges (Robin); his sister, Marjorie Kramer; his brother, Dr. William Smith (Patricia), and extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Johnson Smith; his father, Tom C. Smith; his mother, Esme Howell Smith; and his brother, Thomas Smith.
Dr. Michael Lewis attended West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine. Following graduation from medical school and residency training, Lewis opened a family practice, serving the St. Mary's community for ten years. He then joined the medical school faculty at WVU and later served as Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Associate Dean of the Charleston Division of the WVU School of Medicine. In 2010, Gov. Tomblin appointed Lewis as Cabinet Secretary for DHHR, where he served until he resigned due to illness in June 2012. During his tenure, Lewis spearheaded a plan to help ensure Medicaid-eligible mothers receive proper prenatal care, focused on prevention education, and shared his message about the importance of improving the health of our children.While he led DHHR, Lewis continued to treat patients at West Virginia Health Right, a free medical clinic. Lewis passed away at the age of 70 on August 2, 2013.
Lewis is survived by his wife, Mino (Rafee) Lewis; his daughter, Tana Stanley (J.D.); his daughter, Beth Minear (William A. II); his grandson, William A. Minear III; his grandson, David Michael Minear; his grandson, Trent Stanley; his granddaughter, Lindsey Stanley; his granddaughter, Janie Beth Uhl; his granddaughter, Annmarie Uhl; his maternal uncle, Nelson Lee Cantley; the mother of his daughters, Deanna Lewis; and extended family. He was predeceased by his father, Jacob Seyfried; his mother, June (Cantley) Seyfried; and his great-aunt, Ellen Pettry.
Amy Shuler Goodwin