A funeral will be held next week in the Mississippi Capitol for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who represented the state for 45 years. Cochran died Thursday at a veterans nursing home in Oxford, Miss. He was 81. Coleman Funeral Home said visitation would be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the University of Mississippi Robert C. Khayat Law Center in Oxford. One funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Capitol in Jackson. Another service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson. Cochran was elected to the U.S. House in 1972 and to the Senate in 1978. As chairman of the Appropriations Committee, he steered billions of dollars to Mississippi for universities, agriculture and Hurricane Katrina recovery. He retired in 2018.