Larry Langford remembered as a visionary during homegoing service

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FAIRFIELD, Ala (WIAT)– Former Birmingham and Fairfield Mayor Larry Langford was laid to rest Monday afternoon.

Hundreds came to say their farewells at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fairfield.

Langford’s family, friends, community leaders he served with through the years, and others who impacted attended the service.

The family, including his wife, Melva, arrived just before the service at 12:00 p.m.

During the service, Langford’s grandchildren spoke about his life.

“Today is just, it’s incredible. This many people that he touched, this many people that loved him as much as I did, but just a few words I want to say before I go: Long live his legacy. Long live a legend. Long live a great man.”

Those that knew Langford say his love for the community never stopped.

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin also spoke at the funeral saying Langford had words of wisdom.

“It didn’t matter how sick he was, he still had the same fire, same energy, same vibrancy, and he rattled off a thousand ideas that I should be doing.”

Woodfin asked the former Birmingham Mayors who were in the audience to stand up. “We are in this small club and in this club we salute a Mayor’s Mayor.”

Woodfin gave a Birmingham city flag to the family.

Birmingham City Councilor Steven Hoyt also spoke.

“Today, we celebrate a life, because somebody lived, and somebody made a difference in the lives of so many,” said Hoyt.

Hoyt also thanked Mrs. Langford for sharing her husband with the community.

The service lasted around 3 hours.

After the service, Langford was laid to rest at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham.

To watch the full service, click here.

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