William Waller eulogized as transformative Miss. governor

ACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr. was remembered Saturday as a transformative figure who helped the state move beyond its segregationist politics during his tenure from 1972 to 1976.

More than 1,000 people attended Waller’s funeral at First Baptist Church in downtown Jackson. Hundreds more streamed through the Capitol rotunda earlier in the day, where his open casket, partially draped by an American flag, sat one story below the governor’s office.

Waller died of heart failure Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 85.