Bobby Chain, former Hattiesburg Mayor and entrepreneur, dies

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg entrepreneur, politician, and philanthropist, Bobby Lee Chain has died.

Chain, 84, died a little after 5am Saturday under hospice care at Forrest General Hospital.

Chain grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He began his life in business by selling newspapers as a young boy at Camp Shelby. Chain created one of Mississippi's earliest electric companies, the Chain Electric Company, which now operates in 12 states.

In addition to his career in business, he served as mayor of Hattiesburg, and led a 12-year appointment to Mississippi's Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning.  During this appointment, he worked with U.S. Senator James Eastland and President Nixon to resolve racial segregation in universities around the state.

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