DREW, Miss.--The late state Sen. Robert Lacey Crook is credited for his work in modernizing state government. Now his legacy lives on with a Delta highway set to be named after him.
MDOT was set to hold a dedication ceremony for the Sen. Robert Lacey Crook Memorial Highway 11 a.m. Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Drew. Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall was expected to be joined by Mississippi State Senate Highways and Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons and Mr. Hubert Crook for the ceremony.
Crook died in January 2011 at age 81 after serving in the state Senate for 28 years. He represented Sunflower, Bolivar, and Coahoma counties from 1864 to 1992.
He served in an age where computers were becoming widely used as business machines and Crook is credited with turning them into a tool to organize state government. He authored the legislation that established the Central Data Processing Authority (CDPA) which is the predecessor of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services. He also authored the legislation which established the current Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration.
That’s according to his obit, which was published on the Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home website.
Though Crook served the Delta while in office, he was born in Bolton and attended law school at Jackson School of Law.