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Veteran Lawmaker Dies

William Eugene “Billy” Bowles

HOUSTON, Miss. (WCBI)-William Eugene “Billy” Bowles, who served 20 years in the Mississippi House of Representatives and ran Bowles Grocery for 34 years, has died. Bowles was 78 years old.¬† He died Sunday (9-23) at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. ¬†Funeral services will be held at two in the afternoon Tuesday (9-25) at the Houston First United Methodist Church in Houston.¬† Bowles retired from Legislature in 2004, and was chairman of the Oil and Gas committee from 1992-2004, as well as a strong supporter of small businesses.