Cattleman, former Mississippi Rep. Clem Nettles dies at 87

Published 11:16 pm Thursday, January 18, 2018

JAYESS (AP) — Former Mississippi lawmaker Clem Nettles of Jayess has died at age 87.

Nettles served as a Democrat in the state House from 1988 to 2004, representing a district in Pike and Walthall counties.

Hartman-Jones Funeral Home in McComb says Nettles died Tuesday at home. Services are 4 p.m. Sunday at Union Primitive Baptist Church.

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Nettles was a Korean War veteran. He was a dairy farmer and served on the North Pike School Board before being elected to the Legislature. While in the House, he became chairman of the Game and Fish Committee.

Nettles was known for speaking against proposals he thought would infringe on people’s rights. In 2000, he opposed a bill prohibiting adults from using tobacco at school events, arguing the ban would hurt attendance at sporting events.