In this 2008 photo, former state Rep. J. Benjamin Ewing sits in one of the two offices he has at his home near Bridgeville. Behind him is part of his extensive political button collection, something he started before he entered politics. Ewing, 84, was struck by a car and killed Tuesday afternoon, in front of his Bridgeville-area home.

Photo by Lynn R. Parks

Loss of a true statesman: Former state Rep. Ben Ewing dead after being struck by car