HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) -- It's a memory that will last a lifetime.
"It was an unequivocal honor to be in his presence," Tyson and Tyson attorney David Tyson said after being invited to the White House to meet former President George H.W. Bush.
Tyson looked back at the time he spent with Bush, the 41st president and war hero who died Friday night.
"His classmate Bill Campbell from Princeton lived in Huntington and wanted me to meet President Bush and wrote him a handwritten letter and Bush responded by handwritten letter and the next thing I know I was invited to the White House," Tyson said.
Tyson was chairman of the state Republican Party for more than five years was a delegate at both party conventions Bush was nominated by. Tyson had the honor to spend some time with Bush in the White House. Bush even asking Tyson to run for Congress.
"He asked me some questions about West Virginia. He was very interesting, but it wasn't so much the conversation, it was his demeanor. His demeanor was kind and gentle, and he has a presence about him and I knew I was in the presence of a great man," Tyson said.
Tyson described the former World War II hero and president as someone like no other.
"I can just hear and see the kindness in him, in his eyes," Tyson said.
Tyson said the world leader with a big heart who loved our country will never be forgotten.
"He was one of the few southerners who supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he was very inclusive, very popular among Latinos in Texas and was sort of the person that helped broaden the Republican space," Tyson said.
Tyson emphasized that George H.W. Bush legacy will live on for generations to come.
"His physical presence is gone, but the things that he did for our country, his demeanor, his life and his service will live on forever," Tyson said.