Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 23, 2013

W.Va. gov orders flags lowered for Wyoming County soldier

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered all U.S. and state flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff Monday in honor of an Alaska soldier who died during a visit to his home state.

Funeral services for Maj. Gregory Vance Shumate of Fairbanks, Alaska, are scheduled for noon Monday at Calfee Funeral Service in Pineville.

Tomblin says the 43-year-old Shumate died Dec. 16 in Wyoming County. He was a native of Ravencliff.

A cause of death was not released.

Shumate served in the U.S. Army from 1988 to 1991, and re-enlisted in 2004. He also served in the West Virginia National Guard from 1991 to 1995 and the U.S. Air Force from 1996 to 2000.

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