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Updated: Former Biloxi Mayor Danny Guice dies

Astronaut Fred Haise is hugged by his mother and greeted by then-Biloxi Mayor Danny Guice after arriving at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi in 1970.
Astronaut Fred Haise is hugged by his mother and greeted by then-Biloxi Mayor Danny Guice after arriving at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi in 1970.

Former Biloxi Mayor Daniel “Danny” Guice, who lived in the city all his life, died Thursday at age 92.

Guice had been a state legislator, three-term mayor of Biloxi from 1961 to 1973 and a county court judge.

“Danny Guice was a beloved individual,” Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “He was a benevolent leader who made this city proud. Our prayers are with his family today.”

Gilich has ordered flags at city facilities lowered to half-staff.

Vincent Creel, Biloxi’s public affairs manager, said Guice was mayor during some turbulent times in the city, such as the unrest in the 1960s and the devastation of Hurricane Camille in 1969.

“He led in such a manner that he remained a beloved individual for his entire life,” Creel said.

Guice frequently attended city events. “Just yesterday, he called to make reservations for the outstanding citizens luncheon,” Creel said.

His wife, Margaret Barrett Guice, died in 2006. They were the parents of three children, Carolyn, Danny Jr. and Barry.

In November 2014, then-Mayor A.J. Holloway honored Guice, who was about to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Guice at the time said he served as Harrison County’s only representative in the state Legislature from 1955 to 1960, as Biloxi mayor from 1961 to 1973 and as judge from 1977 to 1990.

“Three branches of the government. I’m proud of that,” he said.

While in the Legislature, he helped establish the state Port of Gulfport and the Harrison County Development Commission, and helped get a bridge built between Biloxi and Ocean Springs.

Guice said his defining moment as mayor came when Camille struck a month after his re-election.

“I spent my four years preparing for Camille,” he said.

In 2010, when the ribbon was cut on the $852,000 renovation of City Hall, Guice said, “It’s one of the prettiest city halls in the country.” He had worked at it when it was a post office when he was 18, and returned as mayor when the marble building was City Hall.

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