Former legislative giant Capps dies at 84

Known across the state simply as “Charlie,” the cigar- chomping Democrat from the Delta was renowned for his leadership and charisma.

Capps, the longest-serving member in the Mississippi House, died Friday at Bolivar Medical Center after years of deteriorating health. He served in the House from 1972 until he retired in 2005.

“Charlie was one of the most engaged-in-life human beings I have ever known. He had a big heart and kept a positive outlook,” said Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville. “He cut a wide path for a long, long time, and his legacy is one for the ages.”

Capps was chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and Constitution Committee, and also served on the Military Affairs, Ethics, and Insurance committees.

During his years over the Appropriations Committee, Capps was regarded as one of the most powerful people in the Legislature.