Family, friends, and former colleagues packed Houston's Second Baptist Church Wednesday for a memorial service for former Texas Governor Mark White. White was Texas governor from 1983-1987. Before that he served terms as secretary of state and attorney general.
Among those paying their respects were two former Texas governors—former President George W. Bush and current U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.
Also at the service was former Congressman Craig Washington, who described White as a good man. He lauded White for his education reforms and he says there was one issue in particular that cost the former governor his re-election bid. That was a new rule that said kids had to pass all their classes to play high school football.
White died Saturday at the age of 77. He had been battling kidney cancer. On Thursday White will lie in state in the Capitol rotunda and he’ll be buried in a private service at the Texas State Cemetery.