Legislative colleagues recall Bowles’ simple philosophy

A contentious floor debate in the Mississippi House could finally be winding down when Billy Bowles, a Houston Democrat, would stand to ask, “Who wants this bill?”

That would restart the debate, Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, his long-time deskmate recalled Monday.

“He had a unique perspective and a sense of legislative timing,” Holland said of the former rural grocery store owner/legislator who died Sunday at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was 78.

“He was the ultimate servant of the people,” said former House Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, who for 20 years sat on the same row in the House chamber with Holland and Bowles. “Plus he loved the Mississippi House.”

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