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Former Beckley mayor dies

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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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