JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - According to an executive order issued by the Office of the Governor, flags will be lowered to half-staff for state senator Terry Brown on Saturday.
Beginning at sunrise on Saturday, September 6, 2014 and ending at sunset on Monday, September 8, 2014, all flags of the United States of America and the State of Mississippi are to be flown at half-staff on all buildings and grounds of the State of Mississippi and all areas under its jurisdiction.
Senator Terry Brown was a dedicated Mississippi public servant. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1950 and graduated from New Hope High School. He attended East Mississippi Junior College, where he played football for the Lions. He served six years in the United States Army, and then attended Delta State University and Mississippi State University.
In 1988, Brown was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he served until 2000. He was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 2004 and confirmed as Senate Pro Tempore in 2012.
Senator Brown played a vital role in the Golden Triangle's economic development success. During his more than 20 years as legislator for the Columbus area, he was instrumental in landing major employers for the region.
He was also a strong advocate for Columbus Air Force Base and led efforts to prevent its closure.
Senator Brown died on Thursday, September 4, 2014. He was hospitalized after undergoing aggressive treatment for cancer.