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Former WV Democratic Party chairman dies at age 64

April 23, 2019 GMT

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CHARLESTON - Lyle Stowers, business owner, former state Democratic Party vice chairman, and son of one of the last county Democratic kingpins in the state, has died. He was 64.

Stowers was active in Democrat Party politics for many years, like his father, longtime Lincoln County Democratic executive committee chairman Wylie Stowers.

He worked on the gubernatorial campaigns and transition teams for governors Bob Wise and Joe Manchin, and Manchin’s office first provided notice of Stowers’ April 20 death in a statement Saturday.

“I feel so fortunate to have called Lyle Stowers my friend for so many years. He loved the state of West Virginia and its people. In all our conversations, he always talked about how he wanted to help people and how much he loved West Virginia and Lincoln County. It has been an honor to call him my friend and we will miss him,” Manchin said.

Stowers, formerly of West Hamlin, resided in Barboursville and Clearwater Beach, Florida, and owned and operated multiple businesses over the years, including the Stowers Group, a real estate development and oil and gas production company.

Koontz Funeral Home in Hamlin is handling arrangements.