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Family, Friends, Celebrate Maynard's Life

Reported: May. 4, 2014 10:11 PM EDT
Updated: May. 5, 2014 12:06 AM EDT
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GOODY, Ky. (Sean Delancey) -- A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice was remembered Sunday.

Judge Elliot "Spike" Maynard died Thursday in a Charleston hospital after a lengthy illness.

On Sunday, friends and family gathered to celebrate his life.

Maynard served as a Supreme Court justice in West Virginia for 12 years, from 1996 to 2008, including a stint as chief justice.

At his funeral in Goody, Ky., just across the river from his home of Mingo County, W.Va., some in attendance reflected on the legacy he left behind.

"Believe in what you believe in,” former Justice Thomas Ward, a pallbearer at the funeral, said. “Fight for the cause, don't make apologies, do what you can and you might just make a little bit of difference in life."

Ward delivered one of the eulogies for Maynard.

Chief Justice Robin Davis and Former Massy Energy CEO Don Blankenship also spoke at the service.

The First Baptist Church of Belfry was packed with family, friends, and acquaintances, like Will Steele, who met Maynard while both were attending West Virginia University Law School.

"In 43 years in as close of friends we are, and as many deep conversations as we had, I never heard him not once say something bad about anybody," Steele said.

Maynard also served in the United States Air Force, He received a military send-off from veterans.

Ward said he was tough in life and tough on crime.

"He made no apologies for that he wanted society to know that emphasis needed to be on the victim," Ward said.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Sunday in honor of Maynard.



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