Bluefield Daily Telegraph
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.