Trinity Presbyterian Church Remembers Mayor Folmar

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - At Folmar's church in Montgomery, members are remembering the former mayor as a man of faith and a church leader.

Members at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, remember Emory Folmar, not just as the long-term mayor and leader of the city, but as a long-term member and leader of this church.

"It was a controlling factor in his life was his dedication to the Lord," Bill Joseph said.

82-year-old Bill Joseph says Folmar has been a member for several decades, having served as an elder and Sunday school teacher for the men, most recently teaching the class two Sundays ago.

"Happy, we know where he is. He's in heaven. He will be missed but he's not suffering anymore," Joseph said.

Church member Lee Liles got emotional when talking about the man who was like a father to him. A man he says didn't complain about his illness and pushed through to the end.

"Emory taught us a lot and it was a great experience," Liles said.

Liles grew up with his three children: Margaret, Wilson and David, who was killed in a car crash at the age of 21. He remembers the strength mayor Folmar showed then and says now his strength is being passed on.

"We've lost a solider and I thought it was appropriate for him to die on Veteran's Day," Liles said.

"He treated me like a grandson," Tavaris Baker said.

His assistant of many years, Tavaris Baker sat in Folmar's place in his Sunday school class. He remembers his last words.

"He said he loved Anita and that he was going to bed so that was really his last words," Baker said.

Seen here with his wife Anita, this February would have marked 60 years of marriage.

A love that will live on as a man of faith, a man of courage, a man who leaves behind a great legacy in the capital city.

The Folmar family will have a private graveside ceremony for close relatives and friends.

A public memorial is scheduled for 3:30 Monday afternoon at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Former governor bob riley will deliver the eulogy.

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