Veteran Mississippi newspaper publisher, Vinton Birney Imes, Jr., has died of respiratory failure. Imes would have turned 89 on Saturday.
Imes had served as publisher of The Commercial Dispatch newspaper since 1947 and was founder of WCBI-TV in Columbus.
At one point, Imes owned four television stations, including WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Lowndes County Coroner Don Harris said the cause of death was respiratory failure associated with pneumonia.
Imes had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a number of years. He died Wednesday night.
While best known as publisher of the Columbus newspaper, Imes was also a successful businessman and an influential behind-the-scenes civic leader.
Skip Burson worked for Imes at the newspaper for more than 20 years, including 14 years as general manager.
Burson said Imes never received the credit for what he meant to the community, "and he wouldn't have wanted it.''
Survivors include his wife, Nancy McClanahan Imes; a daughter and five sons. Visitation will be Friday at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus. A graveside service will follow at Friendship Cemetery at
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