Rep. Esther Harrison of Columbus dies at 69

Longtime state Rep. Esther Harrison of Columbus died Wednesday morning, the House speaker’s office confirmed.

“Lisa and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Rep. Esther Harrison this morning,” Speaker Philip Gunn said in a statement. “She had a gentle spirit and will be missed by all.”

Harrison, a former teacher who turned 69 on Wednesday, served in the House District 41 seat in Lowndes County since 2000.

Clarion Ledger