Former mayor of Mississippi’s largest city dies

Published 6:19 am Thursday, June 10, 2021

Dale Danks Jr., an attorney and former Jackson mayor, has died.

Danks’ family said in a statement Wednesday that Danks passed away as a result of complications from a stroke.

“He died peacefully surrounded by family. The family is grateful for the love and support being extended by our friends, family, and community,” the statement said.

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Danks, 81, served as Jackson mayor from 1977 to 1989.

He led the city through the 1979 and 1983 floods and became the first mayor of the city under mayor-council form in 1985.