John Hampton Stennis, son of senator, dies at 78

Mississippi State NewsThe Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — John Hampton Stennis, the only son of late U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis, has died at 78.

Kim Perrett, a spokeswoman for the Jones Walker law firm, confirmed Stennis died Thursday morning. Stennis was a partner in a law firm — Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis — that merged with Jones Walker in 2011.

Besides his legal career, Stennis served in the state House of Representatives from 1969 to 1984. He lost a congressional race in 1978 to Republican John Hinson.

Stennis was born in the Kemper County seat of DeKalb, his father’s hometown, but mostly lived in Jackson. He rose to be a brigadier general in the Mississippi National Guard.

His father served 41 years in the U.S. Senate, dying in 1995.

Funeral arrangements hadn’t been set Thursday evening.