Former Jackson Mayor Dale Danks passes away

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Dale Danks, Jr., an attorney and the former mayor of the City of Jackson, has passed away. According to his family, Danks passed away on Wednesday, June 9, after being hospitalized due to a stroke.

In a statement, the family said, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Dale Danks, Jr., passed away today 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.”

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

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba released a statement after Danks’ passing.

“I extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the family of former Jackson Mayor Dale Danks, Jr. We honor his memory by continuing the necessary work to see this city prosper and achieve all that we know it can be,” said Lumumba.

12 News recently talked to Danks about the City of Jackson’s water infrastructure. Click here to view the story.

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