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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 23

(By Senators Chafin, Fanning, Oliverio and Caruth)


Commemorating the life of Thomas A. Colley, gentleman, civic leader and journalist.

Whereas, Thomas A. Colley of Bluefield, the executive editor of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and respected community volunteer, died on January 10, 2009; and
Whereas, A native of Garden, Virginia, Thomas Colley was born on May 18, 1941, to Leona Fletcher Colley and Thomas J. Colley; and
Whereas, Thomas Colley attended Garden High School and then proudly served in the United States Air Force for several years before attending San Antonio Junior College and the University of Maryland; and
Whereas, Thomas Colley began his newspaper career with the Auburn Evening Star in Auburn, Indiana, before returning home to work at the Sunset News-Observer in Bluefield and the Tazewell Free Press in Richlands; and
Whereas, Thomas Colley then accepted a job as a copy editor with the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in 1974 and became managing editor before he went to the Charleston News & Courier in South Carolina; and
Whereas, Known for his journalistic integrity, Thomas Colley returned to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph in 1985 as the executive editor, a position he held until his death; and
Whereas, An exemplary leader, Thomas Colley loved his community and region and worked diligently to bring improvements to West Virginia; and
Whereas, Believing that children were the future of the region, Thomas Colley was a member of the original Southern Coalfields Delegation of America's Promise that laid the groundwork for the region receiving the Top 100 Communities for Youth Designation; and
Whereas, Thomas Colley generously gave of his time and talents as chairman of the Community Christmas Tree, which provided Christmas gifts to children in need, and of the Literacy Committee of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, which instituted a program known as the Reading Bee to encourage children and youth to read; and
Whereas, Thomas Colley also served as the organizer of the Chicory Square Concert Series, as a member of the Bluefield Rotary Club and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for International Understanding; and
Whereas, An award-winning journalist, Thomas Colley won many awards of excellence from the West Virginia Press Association, the Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award from the Press Association, the Distinguished Citizen Award from Bluefield's Riley-Vest Post No. 9 of the American Legion and the Distinguished West Virginian Award from Governor Joe Manchin; and
Whereas, While Thomas Colley will be missed by his loving wife of 39 years, Frances; their two sons Kevin and Eric and their families; and his numerous friends and admirers, he leaves behind not only a legacy of service but a brighter future for Bluefield and West Virginia; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby commemorates the life of Thomas A. Colley, gentleman, civic leader and journalist; and, be it
Resolved Further, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the family of Thomas A. Colley.
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