“Elaine and I were deeply saddened at the passing of our friend, Clyde Vester Bennett III. As a leader and dedicated citizen of Harlan County, CV will be remembered for his generosity, his friendship, and his entrepreneurial spirit. As a founding member of the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, CV constantly showed his love of his region and his community. Eastern Kentucky has lost a great man, and I have lost a personal friend. His legacy will surely be remembered by many. We send our sincere condolences to Blanche, his wife of 41 years, his two sons, his four grandchildren, and all his family and friends,” Senator Mitch McConnell.