BREAKING NEWS: Former highway commissioner Pyron dead at 79

Published 2:01 pm Monday, March 23, 2009

W.H. “Shag” Pyron, who served 12 years as highway commissioner from south Mississippi, has died. He was 79.

Pyron died Sunday at Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital in Hazlehurst. His family did not release a cause of death, according to officials with Stringer Family Funeral Services.

Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hazlehurst United Methodist Church with burial at Felder’s Cemetery in Summit.

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Pyron was a high school football coach and worked for Stribling Puckett when he was elected highway commissioner, serving from 1967-79. He joined his sons in the timber business and ran the Brookhaven office of Copiah Forest Products Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Carlene Freiler Pyron; three sons; and eight grandchildren.