Clyde would have loved it. Not so much that people were making a big deal about him. But more, it would have been a good excuse to get together with family and friends, swap a few stories and have a good time. The Speaker Clyde See Jr. Exit was dedicated on Friday, Oct. 9.
Clyde See was a local attorney, elected official, father, grandfather and friend to many. He served in the W.Va. House of Delegate, was Majority Leader and Speaker of the House. He ran for Governor twice.
Naming a bridge for See was the brainchild of his son Joshua.
“Just over two years ago, I came up with the idea of naming a bridge in honor of Dad,” Josh said. “Something that was going to have Dad’s name on it for years to come. Something as a reminder to everyone who passed by and read his name, would either wonder or know what Clyde See did for this area.”
Josh came up with several ideas, but then West Virginia Division of Highways Hardy County Supervisor Bill Robinette always said, “Clyde deserved something better.”
Josh remembered that Clyde was the featured speaker at the Memorial Day observance in 2016. He spoke about three of Moorefield’s Vietnam veterans who didn’t make it home, Bill Denny, Dick Moyers and Omar Pratt. “He told their stories with so much compassion and description that I could see them,” Josh said.
“As commander of the VFW, I knew I wanted all of our soldiers we lost in Vietnam to be right here at the Moorefield exit. They deserve to be together.”
The Corridor H bridge over the South Branch River is dedicated to Dick Moyers. The bridge over the railroad tracks on the Moorefield Exit is dedicated to Bill Denny. The bridge over U.S. Route 220 will be dedicated to Omar Pratt on Saturday, Oct. 17.
“I also remembered, all of my Saturdays in the fall, going to WVU football games. We’d get off at the Bill Stewart exit. So, I knew it was a long shot, but I thought we could name an exit after Dad.”
Josh called Delegate Isaac Sponaugle to get the ball rolling. In February, House Concurrent Resolution 110, sponsored by Sponaugle, Speaker Roger Hanshaw (R-33) and Del. Tim Miley (D-48) was passed. It requested the DOH to name the Moorefield Exit on Corrider H the “Speaker Clyde See Jr. Exit.”
In the Resolution, Sponaugle said, “He was known as a tireless advocate for his county, with great love and a pure vision of the goodness of our state and its people, and he held in the highest esteem our system of government, and the important role of the Legislature in making our great state better for its citizens.”
Clyde passed away in April 2017. He left behind four children, Jennifer, Joshua, Lucas and Amy and seven grandchildren, Jordan, Olivia, Shelby, Marin, Darah, Margo and Jackson.
“All of us have a ‘Clyde’ story,” Josh said. “Most of them are hilarious, and from the nods and smiles, I can tell most of you just thought of one. He loved to tell stories and jumped at the chance to be part of a new one or even make one up. He would walk into a room and everyone there knew they were going to have a fun time because of his presence.”
Clyde was one of a kind and is sorely missed by his family and friends.