House Bill 517 would designate the bridge within the city of Houston, Miss., at its intersection with Mississippi Highway 8 as the “Representative William E. ‘Billy’ Bowles Memorial Bridge.”
Bowles served 20 years in the Mississippi House. Bowles died in 2012 at the age of 78.
The bill was supported by the city and county.
Bowles was a staunch support of small business and ran Bowles Grocery for 34 years. The country storekeeper was known for standing up during debates to ask who wanted a certain bill. He was chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee from 1992-2004.