Former state lawmaker dies from COVID-19

Former state lawmaker dies from COVID-19
Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann announced on Twitter that former State Rep. Nolan Mettetal had died from COVID-19. He praised the former lawmaker's leadership. (Source: State of Mississippi)

PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - A former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and Mississippi Senate has died from COVID-19, according to Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann.

“Our friend, Nolan Mettetal, died from COVID today,” Hosemann wrote in a Monday tweet. “A member of the Mississippi House/Senate from Panola County ... Nolan provided leadership for over two decades not only policy but also on personal character/statesmanship.”

Mettetal served in the state Senate from 1996 to 2011 and began serving in the House in 2012, according to a 2012 edition of the Mississippi Secretary of State Blue Book.

He was born in 1945 and lived in Batesville. He was a graduate of South Panola High School, Northwest Mississippi Community College, and the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, the Blue Book states.

He and his wife Kay have two children, Cary and Kimberly.

Several state leaders are offering their condolences following the representative’s passing.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family,” tweeted House Speaker Philip Gunn. “He served Mississippi with distinction during his many years in the (legislature).

“Nolan will be remembered for his kindness and calm, considerate manner in all circumstances. An esteemed colleague, it was an honor to call him my friend.”

Attorney General Lynn Fitch called her friend and colleague a “true statesman,” saying she was praying for his wife, Kay, and the Mettetal family.

During his time in the legislature, the Republican served on the Appropriations, Banking and Financial Services Committee, Medicaid Committee, among others. He also served as chair of the Universities and Colleges Committee.

In 2018, he announced he would not seek reelection, according to WTVA.

He was 75 years old.

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