Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 3, 2013

Long-time Mercer County Commissioner Joe Coburn dead at 81

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON —  Long-time Mercer County Commission member Joe Coburn has died.

Coburn passed away Wednesday night at 11:30  p.m. at his home surrounded by his family and friends, according to County Commissioner Coordinator Vicky Reed.

Coburn, a prominent local Democrat, has served on the commission since 1972. He was re-elected again in 1977, and then re-elected to the commission post in 1997, 2002 and 2008. His current unexpired term continues through 2014.

Reed said Coburn had been battling a long illness. He was 81.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton at this time.