Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, founder of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, passed away at the age of 89 on Friday.

District 5 Representative Cole Hefner knew Pilgrim as a business titan and a family friend.

"We have ties to the Pilgrim family going back with my granddad," Hefner said.

A Pittsburg native, Pilgrim eventually turned the feed store ran with his brother Aubrey in a multi-billion dollar chicken producing company.

However, Hefner said that Pilgrim never lost sight of his East Texas roots and was known for always looking out for his hometown.

"It's a huge loss for the community," Hefner said.