PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) released the following statement in memory of Walter May, a longtime businessman and leader in Pikeville, Kentucky who passed away this morning.

“Walter May was a mighty warrior for Eastern Kentucky. He built an empire in healthcare and broadcasting in the center of the coalfields to provide better opportunities in the mountains.

“Thanks to his perseverance and savvy business skills, the Pikeville Medical Center now provides jobs to more than 3,000 local people and boasts award-winning medical care as an affiliate of the Mayo Clinic. Marking the heart of a giant, Walter always strived to give back more to the people of Eastern Kentucky, through charity events, more jobs and access to specialized healthcare in the region.

“His voice boomed across the airways at East Kentucky Broadcasting for decades, delivering news to people in the deepest corners of the mountains, and that same voice will continue to echo in our hearts spurring us to carry on the work he started. My wife, Cynthia, and I extend our deepest condolences to Walter’s family and friends. Eastern Kentucky has lost a true champion and a superior friend.”

--U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05)