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Billy O'Brien, ex-delegate and coach, dies at 83

Monday - 11/12/2012, 9:37pm  ET

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Joseph William "Billy" O'Brien, the former state delegate who sponsored legislation creating the Virginia Lottery, has died. He was 83.

The Virginian-Pilot reports ( http://bit.ly/QCaxzI) that O'Brien died Friday. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home confirmed the death on its website.

O'Brien was a three-sport standout at Wilson High School before playing football at North Carolina. He compiled a 146-43-11 record as the football coach at Great Bridge High School from 1955 until 1974. His teams won five district championships.

O'Brien served from 1974-1991 in the House of Delegates, where he chaired the Education Committee.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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