HAMLIN, W.Va. -- Former state Senate President Lloyd Jackson Sr. died early Saturday at home. He was 93.
An Army veteran, Jackson served in the 150th Infantry Division during World War II. He advanced to master sergeant while stationed in Panama.
After returning from the war, he took control of his family's oil and gas drilling and production business in Lincoln County, now managed by his son Lloyd II.
But Jackson, known as "Big Lloyd," is probably best known for his role in county and state politics. He was elected to the state Senate in 1946 and served six terms, rising to the presidency in the final two years.
At the county level, he led one of two rival Democratic factions, matching wits with the late Buster Stowers.
"I was saddened to learn of the passing of Lloyd G. Jackson Sr.," acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said in a prepared statement Saturday.
"He was a distinguished member of the West Virginia Legislature, having served the 7th Senatorial District with great distinction. As President, Lloyd led the Senate with great passion and was highly regarded by his fellow Senators. Joanne and I send our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the Jackson family. Lloyd will truly be missed, and will long be remembered for his dedicated service to our great state."
Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler also sent his condolences. "Our prayers go out to the entire Jackson family. We will keep them in our thoughts as they continue through this challenging time."
Among his survivors are his wife, Pauline Adkins Jackson; son Lloyd II and his wife Trina of Hamlin; and daughter Suzanne Rabin of Eugene, Ore.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Central United Methodist Church, Hamlin. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.