Funeral arrangements set for late Governor Guy Hunt

BOAZ, Ala. (AP) - The family of former Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt revised his funeral arrangements Sunday to have all events in two days instead of three.

Hunt, who was 75, died Friday at a Birmingham hospital after a long battle with lung cancer. The family of the two-term governor announced that his body will lie in state at Mount Vernon Primitive Baptist Church located on Alabama 69 between Cullman and Baileyton from 8 a.m. Tuesday until 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Hunt served as pastor of the church. On Wednesday morning, his body will be taken to the Bevill Center at Snead State Community College in Boaz, where it will lie in state until a state memorial service begins at 11 a.m.

That will be followed by a funeral service in the Bevill Center at 12:30 p.m., with burial following in Mount Vernon Cemetery.

The family had originally planned to have separate days for the memorial service and funeral.

Gov. Bob Riley, Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. and many other state officials plan to attend the funeral.

The Republican governor said Monday that Hunt helped the Republican Party emerge in Alabama.

A spokesman for the Democratic lieutenant governor said he also plans to attend. Folsom served as lieutenant governor when Hunt was governor.

Spokesmen for the Legislature said the lawmakers are also rearranging their schedules so members can attend.

The Legislature had planned a busy schedule of committee meetings for Wednesday, but those meetings are being postponed to Thursday.

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