Former La education official dies in plane crash
BASTROP, La. - A former Louisiana education official and state senator has died in an on-the-ground airplane crash.
Cox Funeral Home in Bastrop says funeral arrangements are incomplete for 77-year-old Edwards Barham (BAHR-um) of Oak Ridge.
Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell says the longtime pilot died after his plane hit a fence as Barham headed to a hangar after landing, dropping off passengers and refueling Friday at the Rayville airport.
Barham was a farmer and conservationist who served one term in the Senate, from 1976 to 1980. He was the only person to serve as chairman of three of Louisiana's top higher education boards.
Barham is survived by his wife, Bennie, and his brother, state Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham.