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Former Houston mayor dies

HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) — Former Houston Mayor John "Pap" Moore died Friday at Trace Regional Hospital.

He was 83.

Moore served four terms as a Chickasaw County supervisor and two terms as mayor of Houston.

His final term ended with one of the most memorable election challenges locally.

In 2005, it appeared Moore had won the Democratic primary and had secured another term, but his victory was challenged by Stacey Parker.

That challenge led to a judge ordering a new election, which Parker won in 2006.

Moore challenged that election.  The Mississippi Supreme Court threw out the second election and ordered the governor to set a date for a third one.

It was in the 2007 election Parker won and remains mayor today.

Moore also owned a restaurant in Houston for more than 30 years, a restaurant that bore his name.

His funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery.





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