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Texas says goodbye to George H.W. Bush with country music, funeral train

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush was a charter member of the Greatest Generation whose contributions to America are “etched in the marble of time,” former Secretary of State James Baker told a somber crowd of more than 1,000 mourners Thursday.

“He possessed the classic virtues of our civilization and of his faith,” said Baker, a longtime friend who served during Bush’s administration. Baker broke down into tears as he concluded, and many took his cue as the funeral rolled on

The service for Bush, who died Friday at age 94, was held at his beloved St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. It kicked off with renditions of “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and granddaughters of the former president provided readings from Scripture.

George P. Bush, a grandchild and Texas land commissioner, told stories of the man they knew as “gampy” playing horseshoes and challenging the grandkids to games – and sometimes offering a “first-to-sleep” award.

The Rev. Russell Levenson Jr., in his homily, noted that George and Barbara Bush, who died in April, were “devoted members” of the church for more than 50 years. He related stories of the elder Bush serving coffee to churchgoers and teaching Sunday school

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