Beshear orders flags to half-staff in honor of former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones

(Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Capitol Annex Photography Team)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones.

According to a release by the governor’s office, Beshear announced Jones’s death Monday. Jones was 84 years old.

Beshear’s office says Jones was the 58th governor of the commonwealth and served from 1991 to 1995. Prior to becoming governor, he served as lieutenant governor from 1987 to 1991.

“I was sad to learn that former Governor and Lieutenant Governor Brereton Jones has passed away,” Beshear says. “Gov. Jones was a dedicated leader and a distinguished thoroughbred owner who worked to strengthen Kentucky for our families. Please join Britainy and me in praying for Libby and his family.”

Beshear has directed that flags stay lowered until sunset on the day of interment. The former governor will lie in state in the rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol.