Star-Tribune owner Charles A. ‘Zan’ Womack Jr. dies

From the Star-Tribune

Charles A. “Zan” Womack Jr. will be remembered as a true newspaperman who dedicated his life to small-town, community newspapers.

Womack, who owned the Star-Tribune and 14 other weekly newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina, died Monday following a brief illness.

His close-knit newspaper family, along with the Danville community where he spent his entire life, was stunned by his sudden loss.

“Mr. Womack loved newspapers, especially small-town newspapers, and believed that the newspaper was the heart and soul of any community,” said longtime Star-Tribune editor Tim Davis.

“His advice to new reporters and editors was to get more faces and names in the paper. He always said that’s want readers want and what sells newspapers,” said Davis, who also serves as Womack Publishing’s editorial director.

“He was kind and compassionate and a great leader. We will miss his wisdom and guidance, but will carry on his newspaper vision,” Davis said.

Chad Harrison, director of operations for the Chatham-based newspaper company, said Womack spent his life building great relationships.

“He connected with the communities our newspapers serve, and he connected with his employees. He was a true newspaperman and gentleman,” Harrison said.

Funeral arrangements are not complete.

Star-Tribune owner Charles A. ‘Zan’ Womack Jr. dies

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