Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Governor Bob Riley is ordering all flags flying over state buildings to be flown at half-staff until sunset Saturday to honor former Congressman Bill Dickinson, who passed away Monday night in Montgomery.
Dickinson passed away Monday night at his home in Montgomery after suffering from an extended illness. His longtime aide, Walter Bamberg, says the the former congressman suffered from colon cancer. He was Alabama's longest serving congressman with an unprecidented 14 terms in office spanning from 1964 to 1992.
"Throughout his long career of public service, Bill Dickinson proved himself to be a great leader. He was a formidable defender of our men and women in uniform and supporter of a strong military. Patsy and I will keep his family in our prayers during this difficult time for them," said Governor Riley.
Congressman Terry Everett, who was endorsed by Dickinson and won the District II seat after his retirement, issued a statement after learning of his predecessor's passing:
Funeral arrangements are set for Saturday, April 5 at First United Methodist Church in Old Cloverdale. Visitation is from 11 to 2pm.
Burial will follow at Rosemere Cemetery in Opelika.
-The Following Information is from the Auburn University Montgomery Library Web Site.