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Fmr. Sen. Wendell Mitchell's funeral set

Sen. Wendell Mitchell Sen. Wendell Mitchell
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Funeral plans are now set for a former Alabama state senator who passed away over the weekend. Senator "Walking" Wendell Mitchell died Saturday. According to Rosalind Mitchell, his widow, he died of congestive heart failure around 4:00pm at Jackson Hospital.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, February 10, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Vaughn Park Church of Christ. Mr. Mitchell's funeral will immediately follow.

Mitchell spent 36 years serving as State Senator for District 30 before being defeated by Bryan Taylor in the 2010 election.  

Mitchell battled cancer during the 2010 Legislative Session, but recovered enough to run for re-election in the fall.  Mitchell's colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the Senate are fondly remembering a man they call a statesman.   Senate Minority Leader Roger Bedford spoke with Mitchell just last week. 

"And we laughed about the 25 years we spent together in the Alabama Senate," Sen. Bedford said. "He was a great leader. He helped build Alabama into a better state from the auto industry to stronger ethics laws."

"Wendell was a pleasure to work with in the legislature," said Del Marsh, the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate.  "He was a very knowledgeable legislator. Had a lot of experience and I relied on him a lot to figure out how things worked in the body."

Mitchell earned his nickname "Walking" by walking from town to town during campaigns.  He was a former professor and dean emeritus of Jones Law School at Faulkner University. 

Copyright 2012 WSFA 12 News All rights reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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