JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The city of Jackson is honoring mayor Frank Melton. Melton died early last Thursday after a long battle with heart and other health problems.
The Mayor's casket was on display at City Hall for public viewing for most of the day. The doors of were opened at 11 a.m. for viewing of Melton's closed casket.
At that time there were over 100 people in line here, waiting to pay their respects.
Melton's body was brought here from People's funeral home on Farish street. The procession was led through downtown by the Jackson police motorcycle unit. Once he arrived at City Hall, Jackson firefighters, Hinds County sheriff's deputies and Jackson police officers helped carry his casket into the lobby, where they stood guard next to it during the time it was on display.
A wide array of people, including Governor Haley Barbour, and Melton's wife Ellen all among those here mourning the loss of Mayor.
"It's a tragedy, but people will begin to realize his passion to fight crime and his heart to help make this city of Jackson one we can all be proud of, is going to begin to be lived out more," said Aaron Banks of Jackson.
Our cameras were on hand to catch an emotional moment between Melton's wife Ellen and his former bodyguard Marcus Wright. The two held each other, and were in deep conversation for nearly a minute next to the casket. Marcus testified against Melton in the federal trial which ended in a hung jury.