Former Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Carrico died Sunday morning.

State flags in Virginia will be flying at half-staff honoring former Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico. 

Carrico retired in 2003 after spending 42-years on the Supreme Court. He was Chief Justice for 22 of those years.

After retirement Carrico continued to serve as a senior justice.

Harry Carrico was 96-years old.

Governor Bob McDonnell issued a statement Sunday saying, “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Senior Justice Harry Lee Carrico this morning. Justice Carrico lived a life of public service. Born during World War I, his service, including that as Chief Justice, on Virginia’s Supreme Court spanned five decades—the longest tenure of any justice on Virginia’s highest judicial body. When he stepped down after 42-years at the age of 86, it was reported that he continued to wake up at 4:15 am, bike six miles and make it in to the office before 7:00 am, where he continued to serve as a senior justice. This incredible dedication and an energy and vigor or public service are attributes that all Virginians should strive to emulate. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lynn, and his loved ones in this difficult time.”