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Family and friends share about Folmar outside the mayor's office

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

It's easy to see from the cars and people outside former Mayor Emory Folmar's house--people love him.

"There will never be another," says retired Army General and good friend, Will Tankersley.

What's not so easy--the realization this longtime Montgomery icon has passed away.

"I thought Emory was immortal. It's just hard for me to believe he's gone," adds Tankersley.

The two fought together in the Korean War.

"In the infantry and combat is the most dangerous place you can be." 

Folmar's granddaughter, Emily Flowers, believes the war time contributed to her grandfather's personality.

"I think that shaped his leadership style. So that military element was strong with him."

Folmar was known for what family members refer to as "tough love"--a trait his son Wilson says often spilled over into his mayoral position.

"He has taught me a lot of lessons and certainly the people that worked for him have learned a lot of lessons the hard way like I did when I was growing up."

But despite the tough exterior, loved ones say his tactics made them better people.

"He did instill in us the importance of instead of complaining, fix it. If you're a teenager and you think the city's boring, what are you going to do to fix it?" says Flowers.

And while the family mourns the loss, people like Tankersley believe it's not necessarily goodbye.

"I'll meet him later on in the place where he's gone...and we'll be together again."

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