Death of Commissioner Henry C. “Hoppy” Shores

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The Kanawha County Commission announced the death of Henry C. “Hoppy” Shores.

Hoppy was like a father to me, especially after I lost mine. He treated everyone with respect. Of all his many accomplishments, his true legacy – as Hoppy would say, “it’s all about the kids”. He lived it, he breathed it and he did it. From time to time, Debbie and I have had the privilege of having private time with Bronson and Hoppy. I will always cherish our time together.

Commission Chairman Kent Carper

Shores got his start in politics in 1966 when he ran for and won the Kanawha County commission. He worked for the Kanawha County Commission from 1966 to 1972, then from 1978 to 1984, then from 1991 to 2020. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 1986 and served until 1990.

They say he was the longest serving county commissioner for 42 years. He served with “dignity and respect” according to the press release. West Virginia Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy called him “one of the greatest civil servants in the county’s history.”

Hoppy was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He deeply loved his family and his community. He devoted his life to public service and his efforts will be felt for generations. He will be greatly missed by Tera and I, and we send our deepest condolences to Bronson and his entire family.

Commissioner Ben Salango

Before he left the Commission, the Commission’s hearing room was renamed “Henry C. ‘Hoppy’ Shores Courtroom”.

Before politics, Shores attended Stonewall Jackson High School and was a second running back on the 1947 state champion football team. He received the Kennedy Award his senior year, an award given to the best football player from the state high school. He also says he met his wife, Bronson Gracelon, when he was in high school and married six years later.

He then went to West Virginia University and earned a business degree. After that, he enlisted in the US Army and retired with the rank of major.

The press release reads, “Commissioner Shores will be greatly missed and the people of Kanawha County send their thoughts and prayers to the Shores family.

In Shores’ honour, a black sheet will be placed above his photo in the courtroom, above the entrance and above the outside entrance.

State flags will be lowered at all county properties until the day of services.

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