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Updated: 2/28/2014 5:04 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Former MSU Extension director Dr. William Bost passed away Friday at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a lengthy illness.

Bost, 90, was Extension director from 1962-81 and was also the namesake for the campus building housing MSU agricultural administration.

"It was with much sadness that I learned of the passing of Dr. Bill Bost," said MSU President Mark Keenum. "He was a legendary figure in the history of Mississippi State University and his contributions will be long remembered. I have very fond memories of my intereactions with him over the years. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his many friends in the Extension community."

Visitation for Bost will begin at noon Saturday, March 1, and a service will follow at 2 p.m. Both will be held at the First United Methodist Church. His burial will take place afterwards at Memorial Garden Park in Starkville.

Bost received many awards throughout his life including Progressive Farmer magazine's Man of the Year in 1980, Outstanding Mississippian in 1980, two USDA Superior Service Awards and a National Association of County Agriculture Agents Distinguished Service Award.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Elaine Fields Bost; his sister, Alvis Dechello of West Haven, Conn.; sons Bill, Jr. (Diane) of Vicksburg, Steven (Gail) of Nashville, Tenn., and Larry Bost of Starkville; daughters Bonnie (Mike) Lasker of Birmingham, Ala., Suzanne (Gary) Thompson of Mound City, Kan., and Julie (Travis) Ferguson of Batesville; son-in-law Mike Nix of Huntsville, Ala. He was preceded in death by daughter Beth Nix.

Welch Funeral Home is in charge of his arrangements. A guestbook will be located on their website.
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