Funeral details finalized for former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards
Gov. John Bel Edwards will be among the speakers at former Gov. Edwin Edwards' funeral Sunday at the Old State Capitol.
Arrangements for the weekend events surrounding Edwards' funeral were finalized Friday.
The public will be able to pay its in-person respects to Edwards from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Louisiana State Capitol where he will lie in honor.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting will offer streaming from 10 a.m.-noon at Saturday's visitation for those who can't attend in person.
The private funeral service is set from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Old State Capitol. The service will be streamed on Facebook and possibly other platforms.
At noon Sunday an honor guard of the Louisiana State Police will bring Edwards' body down the Capitol steps and place the place the casket on a horse-drawn open carriage.
The funeral procession led by the Southern University Marching Band will travel south on Fourth Street and turn right on North Boulevard.
An honor guard will remove the casket from the carriage at the west entrance of Louisiana’s 170-year-old Old State Capitol and escort the body up to the second-floor former Louisiana House Chamber where the service will begin at 1 p.m.
The Rev. Anthony Mangun, senior pastor of The Pentecostals of Alexandria and long-time Edwards’ family friend, will begin the service with a prayer. His wife, Mickey Mangun, will sing, “The Long & Winding Road” written for The Beatles by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
Dan Borné, the late governor’s press secretary, will speak, followed by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. Former state senator and family friend Norby Chabert will speak next.
Gov. John Bel Edwards will then make an address followed by Edwards’ biographer Leo Honeycutt, who will deliver the eulogy.
The Mt. Zion First Baptist Church Mass Choir will close the service, singing “Total Praise” by Richard Smallwood.
A private burial will be conducted for the family at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in southern Baton Rouge following the service.
Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1