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Former Beckley mayor dies


BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) Beckley's former Mayor Emmett Pugh has passed away. 

Current Mayor Rob Rappold confirmed the death on Thursday afternoon. He said Pugh passed away at Duke Medical Center in North Carolina around 1:30 p.m. 

"Emmett was a visionary, one of the best mayors Beckley has ever had. He was a loyal friend and it is certainly a sad day at City Hall," said Mayor Rappold in a statement to WVVA News. 

Pugh was a lifelong resident of Beckley who attended the University of Alabama as a young man. He served 25 years as mayor of the City of Champions. 

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