Governor McDonnell has ordered that the flag over the state Capitol building in Richmond be flown at half-staff Wednesday to mark the death of former Roanoke state delegate Clifton "Chip" Woodrum.
The governor's flag order also includes local, state, and federal buildings in Roanoke and Roanoke County.
Here are the flag orders:
Governor’s flag order for the state Capitol building in Richmond
This is to order that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia is to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol building in respect and memory of Former State Delegate Clifton “Chip” A. Woodrum.
I hereby order that the flag shall be lowered at sunrise on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, and remain at half-staff until sunset.
Ordered this the 26th day of February, 2013.
Governor’s flag authorization for the County of Roanoke and the City of Roanoke
Be it further encouraged that the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia is to be flown on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the County of Roanoke, the City of Roanoke, and in any other localities as deemed appropriate, in respect and memory of Former State Delegate Clifton “Chip” A. Woodrum.
I hereby authorize that the flag shall be lowered at sunrise on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, and remain at half-staff until sunset.
Authorized on this the 26th day of February, 2013.
Original story from February 22
Chip Woodrum spent more than 20 years in the General Assembly. Though he left 10 years ago, many members who served with him remain in the legislature.
Friday, Roanoke Senator John Edwards delivered a tribute as the State Senate considered a memorial resolution.
"Mr. President we all were stunned, even shocked at the untimely sudden death of our dear friend and former colleague in the House of Delegates, the gentleman from Roanoke city, Clifton Alexander Woodrum III," Edwards told members of the Senate.
"Always known as Chip, even to those who wanted to refer to him as Delegate Woodrum," Edwards said. "He was a regular guy. In every way, and one heck of a mind."
Woodrum died in Florida, a fact that has affected the planning for his funeral service.
The family will hold a visitation at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel next week. A memorial service will take place at St. John's Episcopal Church in Roanoke, though the precise schedule hasn't been finalized.