HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A man who made quite a difference in our state is being laid to rest. Former Texas Governor Mark White's funeral was held at Houston's Second Baptist Church where there was quite a ceremony.
President George W. Bush was one of the speakers honoring the former Texas governor. In fact, a number of dignitaries delivered eulogies and they all pretty much said the same thing ,Mark White was a man who lived life bringing people together.
Uniting people was a gift the former Texas Governor had in life and he is somehow continuing that in death.
"That is the reason we have people here today from all kinds of political perspectives and backgrounds, all kinds of ethnicities," says Second Baptist Church Pastor Ed Young.
"Mark White's Vision included all Texans. His word tended to soothe rather than inflame," explained President George W. Bush.
White was governor of Texas from 1983 to 1987. The fight for education he became known for, including "no pass, no play" where student athletes had to keep up their grades to stay on the team, is the same thing that cost him re-election.
White's three kids say it's a characteristic they love about their dad.
"His commitment to doing what was right despite the consequences, his faith in people and his unquenchable sense of optimism was an inspiration," says Mark Wells White III.
Former Congressman Craig Washington says he'll always value his regular lunch date with White and the running joke they shared about who would pay.
"I would put it in my phone and in my phone right now it says it's my turn to pay. I will keep that forever," says Washington.
"If you only had one friend in the world and that friend was Mark you were a very lucky person," says Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
White is also being praised for being a great husband, father and an even greater man of faith.
"He didn't preach the gospel, he lived it," adds President Bush.
"He accepted Jesus at a young age. He was baptized and he knew what Jesus did on the cross for him. This is why we are confident he is in Heaven," says White's middle son Andrew White. White says his dad would encourage non-believers to read the book "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis, a book that was on White's bedside table when he passed.
White was 77 years old. The former governor died of a heart attack Saturday at his Houston home after a long battle with kidney cancer.