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Senator George Cecil McLeod Jr. Memorial Highway Dedication

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LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM) -

The Mississippi Department of Transportation honored the life of State Senator George Cecil McLeod Jr. during a dedication ceremony in Leakesville.

Today, friends, family, state and county officials gathered to reminisce about the fiddle playing senator and the legacy he left in the community by unveiling the "Senator George Cecil McLeod Jr. Memorial Highway."

The stretch of highway will run along Mississippi Highway 63 between George and Greene County and extend northerly to the overpass at Mississippi highway 163. During the 2013 Mississippi Legislative Session, House Bill 702 was unanimously passed designating the segment of highway in his honor.

“Senator McLeod was a legacy in this area and Greene County, he was a well loved man and senator, well known for his musical ability, a great fiddler, a gift of gab, was really well loved and respected in this area,” said Tom King, MDOT Southern District Commissioner.

 

George McLeod was elected to an unexpired senate seat in 1970 and went on to serve for eight more years. Aside from serving as a senator, he was also invited to showcase his fiddle talent at the Grand Ole Opry in 1979.

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