Funeral arrangements announced for Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, the U.S.’s last WWII Medal of Honor recipient

CHARLESTON – All West Virginians are invited to honor and celebrate the distinguished life of America’s last World War II Medal of Honor recipient – West Virginia native Hershel “Woody” Williams – during memorial services this weekend, July 2-3, 2022.


8:00 a.m. | Procession

On Saturday, July 2, 2022, a procession will depart from Beard Mortuary in Huntington at 8:00 a.m. The procession route will follow Route 60 through Ona and Milton before getting on I-64 at Exit 28. The procession will remain on I-64 until Exit 99, turning right onto Greenbrier Street, before turning left onto Kanawha Boulevard and entering the State Capitol from the South Side of the Complex.

Upon arrival, the casket will be carried into the State Capitol Building and positioned in the Lower Capitol Rotunda.

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Public Viewing

Williams will Lie In State at the Capitol Rotunda for a public viewing window, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 6:00 p.m.

Parking for guests will be provided. Lots around the Capitol Complex will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The public employee parking garage off Greenbrier Street and the Laidley Field parking lot will also be open to the public. Free shuttle services will be offered all day within the service area. Designated handicap parking spaces will also be available at the lot beside the State Culture Center.

Public entrance:
All attendees must enter the Capitol Building using the public West Wing entrance. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m.

Media note:
Media members/organizations that wish to cover Saturday’s public viewing are asked to email indicating their desire to do so. There will be designated areas for media activities, including photography. Live shots, interviews, and otherwise disruptive behavior will not be permitted in the Capitol Rotunda area.

News Feed

Subscribe to remove popups, or just enjoy this free story and support our local businesses!