Flags at half-staff to honor the late state Sen. O'Dell

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -- Flags atop South Carolina's Statehouse are flying at half-staff to honor the late Sen. Billy O'Dell.

The funeral for the Republican state senator will be Monday afternoon at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwood.

Gov. Nikki Haley requested that flags be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown in O'Dell's memory.

The long-time senator died Thursday at his home at age 77. Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox says O'Dell's death was related to a heart condition.

The Citadel graduate and CEO of O'Dell Corporation first won his Senate seat in 1988.

According to Blyth Funeral Home, O'Dell's pallbearers will be members of the Greenwood County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard and the South Carolina National Guard. The honorary escort will include his Senate colleagues.

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