Ex-Gov. Waller dies at 85

Mississippians remembered former Gov. Bill Waller Sr. Wednesday as a man who made history – first as a prosecutor, then as a governor.

The 85-year-old lawyer and politician was admitted Tuesday night to St. Dominic Hospital, where he died at 12:41 p.m. Wednesday of heart failure after some heart problems, his family said.

“Mississippians have lost a great leader who launched an era of change that continues to this day,” Gov. Haley Barbour said. “Bill Waller began a transition from which our citizens have benefited, and his ‘Straight Ahead’ style helped our state move forward.”

Clarion Ledger