Beebe, David Pryor Among Speakers Slated for Bookout Funeral

FEBRUARY 23, 2006 - Posted at 10:49 a.m. CST, updated at 3:53 p.m.

JONESBORO, AR - A collection of some of Arkansas' past and present political "heavy hitters" are expected to be in Jonesboro tomorrow for the memorial services of State Senator Jerry Bookout, who died early Wednesday morning at his Jonesboro home following a lengthy bout with cancer.

According to Doug Davis with the Langford-Bookout Funeral Home, scheduled speakers for the 11 a.m. memorial service at First Baptist Church include former U.S. Senator David Pryor and Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe.  Reverend Bruce Tippitt will officiate.  Davis said it has not yet been confirmed if Governor Mike Huckabee will attend, but several legislators and formers legislators from across the state are expected to be on hand, and a staffer for 1st District Congressman Marion Berry has confirmed that Berry will also attend the funeral.