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Billy Thames Obituary

Billy Thames (AP Photo)
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former state Sen. Billy Thames died Tuesday of complications from surgery for colon cancer. He was 69.

Thames' wife, Ann, says he died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

Thames was a Democrat from Mize who served in the Senate from January 1980 until January 2008. He was known for working on agriculture and mental health issues.

For most of his time in office, Thames' District 34 included parts of Smith, Jasper and Clarke counties in central Mississippi. During his final years in office, it included Smith and Jasper counties and parts of Jones and Scott counties.

After Thames chose not to seek re-election in 2007, he and Ann moved to the Jackson suburb of Brandon and he was a self-employed lobbyist.

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press




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