Waller funeral Saturday in downtown Jackson

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Funeral services are being held Saturday for former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr.

Visitation is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the state Capitol. The funeral begins at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in downtown Jackson.

Waller died this past Wednesday. He was 85.

Waller was a Democrat when he served as governor from January 1972 to January 1976.

In 1973, he vetoed funding for a segregationist watchdog agency, the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, and put it out of business

As Hinds County district attorney in the late 1960s, Waller twice unsuccessfully prosecuted Byron De La Beckwith, the man eventually convicted in the 1963 assassination of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers.