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Mecklenburg to rename health building for Neil Cooksey

Mecklenburg leaders will hold a ceremony this week to rename the county’s health department building after former county commissioner Neil Cooksey.

The ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Friday at the health building at 249 Billingsley Rd. in Charlotte.

Commissioners agreed in November to name the building after Cooksey, who died last fall after a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer. Cooksey, 51, had represented District 5 on the county board since 2008.

The health building will now be called the Commissioner Neil C. Cooksey, Sr. Health Center.

The county said Cooksey’s brother, Buzz, is expected to appear at Friday’s ceremony, along with County Manager Harry Jones, Commissioners Chair Pat Cotham and District 1 Rep. Karen Bentley. Former District 5 representative Dan Bishop and Dr. Tucker Burks also will attend, according to a press release from the county.

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