COLUMBUS, Miss.–“Larger than life” is how Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves described his friend Terry Brown in a statement released Thursday evening. Brown lost his battle with lung cancer at Baptists Memorial Golden Triangle Thursday afternoon. The state senator inspired words from his colleagues, who said his booming presence will be missed.
This letter is from Gov. Bryant:
Deborah and I are so sorry to lose our friend Terry Brown. Sen. Brown and I worked together in the Mississippi Legislature since 1992. Terry was a true conservative and a man’s man. He was someone who I always loved and whose company I enjoyed. I pray God will assuage the pain of his wonderful wife and children. Tonight he walks the streets of glory.
Brown served in the Mississippi House before running for lieutenant governor in 1999. He didn’t get elected, but went back to state government in the Senate.
This Facebook post is from Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves:
Terry was larger than life. With his quick wit and gift for storytelling, Terry could leave a room in stitches. He fought relentlessly for the Golden Triangle. I was proud to call him a friend. Join Elee and I in prayer for Andra and his sons.
Brown’s colleagues at the capital immediately took to Twitter to pay tribute following news of his death. This post is from Rep. Tom Miles:
My heart & prayers go out to the Family of State Senate President Pro Tem Terry Brown of Columbus in his passing this afternoon.
From Rep. Herb Frierson:
I will miss Senator Terry Brown.
From Rep. Greg Snowden:
R.I.P. my friend.
From cartoonist Marshall Ramsey:
Mississippi has a long tradition of producing colorful politicians. The State Capitol without Sen. Brown won’t be the same.
And from the National Republican Legislative Campaign Committee:
World lost a giant today with passing of MS Sen. Pres. Pro Tem Terry Brown. Rest easy, friend.
Funeral arrangements had not been announced as of Friday morning.