Bullitt County residents are in shock at the news they have lost a long time community supporter and political leader. State Representative Larry Belcher was killed in a car crash Monday night in south-central Kentucky.

The lowered flag at the courthouse in the center of town tells the story of a community in mourning.  Representative Belcher was well known and well respected for much more than being a political leader.

Representative Larry Belcher did not seek the spotlight in Frankfort.  But he was known for his success in winning money to improve services, roads and medical care in Bullitt County.

Bullitt Fiscal Court met as scheduled Tuesday morning but after addressing pressing business, the meeting ended early.

"We cut it a little short out of respect for Larry and his family and it's a sad day for Bullitt County," said Joe Laswell, Magistrate.

Belcher was also well known for his years as a teacher, principal, and maintenance director at Bullitt County schools.

"He was the principal at Lebanon Junction Elementary School.  My children went to that school and my wife was president of the PTA and he encouraged her to go to school and become a teacher which she did," said David Walker, Magistrate.

"It's hard to know that I'm not going to get to see him again yet there's this other part the office requires," said Kevin Mooney, a Bullitt Clerk.

As Bullitt Clerk Kevin Mooney mourns the loss of a friend he is preparing to change ballots and materials ready for election day.

The Democratic Party is expected to name a replacement candidate for Larry Belcher who was running for re-election.

While there are political questions to be answered, this community is concentrating on paying it's respects to a man who was well respected.

Representative Belcher's visitation and funeral will take place at Shepherdsville's Little Flock Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1 p.m. -8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Belcher family asks that donations be made to the Shepherdsville Lions Club in lieu of flowers.