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West Virginia International Yeager Airport lowered all flags to half staff in honor of Benny Mallory, who passed away at 91 Monday evening.

Mallory was the founder of the Mallory Airport in South Charleston and was an award-winning pilot with an esteemed aviation career training of over 40,000 pilots.

His love for aviation began in the 1950s and never slowed down. He flew commercially for many politicians, including former President John F. Kennedy, during a visit to West Virginia.

CRW offers our deepest condolences to Mallory’s loved ones. We are forever grateful for the impact he made on aviation.

The Mallory Airport says they will host a memorial gathering for the public at 1:00 PM Saturday, June 25 for Mallory.