Former Elizabethton mayor remembered by friends, state officials

John Thompson • Nov 2, 2018 at 9:59 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Several friends of Harold Lingerfelt gathered at Lingerfelt Pharmacy in downtown Elizabethton on Thursday morning to remember the former mayor of Elizabethton, who died at age 91 on Sept. 11.

The occasion was highlighted by an appearance of state Sen. Rusty Crowe, who arrived with a proclamation from the Tennessee Senate honoring Lingerfelt. Crowe presented the proclamation to Lingerfelt’s son, Mike Lingerfelt.

The proclamation was signed by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and by Crowe.

The document said “Harold Lingerfelt was an exemplary public servant and consummate professional who worked assiduously to improve the quality of life for his fellow citizens in numerous capacities.”

Tho proclamation noted that Lingerfelt was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy. After his military service, Lingerfelt became a pharmacist, eventually becoming proprietor of his own pharmacy in 1963.

He served in a number of public offices, including the Tennessee Hospital Advisory Board and the Elizabethton City Council, where he served two terms as mayor of Elizabethton.

The proclamation said “Harold Lingerfelt leaves behind an indelible legacy of integrity and probity in public life, compassion and loyalty in private life and diligence and dedication to all his chosen endeavors.”

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