Retired Palestine Judge, Bascom Bentley III, passed away Monday afternoon. He was 66 years old.

According to the Palestine Herald-Press, Judge Bentley was rushed to a Tyler hospital on Dec. 1, suffering from a heart attack after a one-vehicle accident in Palestine.

City Manager Michael Hornes released the following statement on his passing:

Bascom Bentley was a giant of Palestine. Judge Bentley epitomized public service for not only the City of Palestine, but for Anderson County and the State of Texas. He has shown us all the great heights one can achieve, and still give back to a community he loved and always called home.
On behalf of the City of Palestine, I wish to extend heartfelt condolences to his loving wife Carol and their children.