Longtime lawmaker Bennett Malone dies

Longtime former state lawmaker Bennett Malone has died after a lengthy illness, his wife and House sources said Sunday morning.

He was 73.

Malone, a Democrat, held the House District 45 seat serving parts of Leake, Neshoba, Rankin and Scott counties, for 36 years. He was a former cattle farmer and businessman from Carthage.

Clarion Ledger