U.S., West Virginia flags to fly at half-staff April 8 to honor Sheriff Virgil Miller

BUCKHANNON – The Governor of West Virginia has proclaimed the American and West Virginia flags will be flown at half-mast from dawn to dusk on Saturday, April 8, to honor Sheriff Virgil Miller.

Governor Jim Justice acknowledged Miller’s passing during an administration update on April 5.

“I have another bit of not very good news here, but we’ve lost a longtime county sheriff in Upshur County, Virgil Miller,” Justice said. “He passed away very suddenly this week, and Sheriff Virgil Miller was serving his third term as Upshur County as our sheriff after being elected in 2020.”

He reflected on Miller’s extensive career in law enforcement and his history throughout the state.

“He previously served two eight-year posts as our sheriff in Upshur County and had an incredible career in regard to law enforcement,” Justice said. “He started out in Webster County and came to Upshur County in 1980. In addition to his role as sheriff, he served the county as the chief deputy, the magistrate and chief of the Buckhannon Police Department.”

“I have issued a proclamation to lower the U.S. and West Virginia flags in Upshur County on the date of his funeral, and we are going to keep his family and him in our prayers,” Justice said.

U.S. and West Virginia flags will also be flown at half-staff at the Capitol Complex in Charleston, as well as in Upshur, Lewis and Webster counties, according to the proclamation, which may be viewed on the governor’s website here.

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