Funeral today for lawmaker who helped create Va. Lottery

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Associated Press

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 8:36 AM

CHESAPEAKE (AP) -- The former state delegate who sponsored legislation creating the Virginia Lottery has died. Joseph William "Billy" O'Brien was 83.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that O'Brien died Friday. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home confirmed the death on its website.

O'Brien was a three-sport standout at Wilson High School before playing football at North Carolina. He compiled a 146-43-11 record as the football coach at Great Bridge High School from 1955 until 1974. His teams won five district championships.

O'Brien served from 1974-1991 in the House of Delegates, where he chaired the Education Committee.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel.

 

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