TUPELO – The late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was a state senator for 15 years before being elected to Congress in 2010, but his greatest source of pride didn’t come from a political office.
“The title I’m most proud of is ‘Dad,’ ” Nunnelee said in a video clip played at his funeral Monday. It was a speech he gave in 2012 when the oldest of his three children graduated from law school.
More than 1,200 people packed the sanctuary of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo, Mississippi, to remember the third-term Republican congressman who died of a brain tumor Friday. He was 56.
About 40 members of Congress, including House Speaker John Boehner, attended the funeral, where Nunnelee was remembered as a man sustained by his Christian faith, even as he struggled with brain cancer and stroke recovery in the final months of his life.