Senator George Cecil McLeod Jr. Memorial Highway Dedication

LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Transportationhonored the life of State Senator George Cecil McLeod Jr. during a dedicationceremony in Leakesville.

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

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

"Senator McLeod was a legacy in this area andGreene County, he was a well loved man and senator, well known for his musicalability, a great fiddler, a gift of gab, was really well loved and respected inthis area," said Tom King, MDOT Southern District Commissioner.

George McLeod was elected to an unexpiredsenate seat in 1970 and went on to serve for eight more years. Aside fromserving as a senator, he was also invited to showcase his fiddle talent at theGrand Ole Opry in 1979.