Governor orders flags fly at half-staff to honor former House Speaker Billy McCoy

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Governor Phil Bryant has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy.

The Democrat from Prentiss County died Tuesday at age 77. McCoy served in the House from January 1980 to January 2012.

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He was instrumental in passing a 1987 highway construction program and in overhauling Mississippi’s school funding formula a decade later.

Flags are being lowered Thursday and Friday. His funeral is Friday at Gaston Baptist Church near Booneville.

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