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John Lewis honored as 'founding father' of a better America

Ernie Suggs, Tia Mitchell and Maya T. Prabhu, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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At the gravesite, after Warnock performed a brief ceremony, a 21-gun salute and the folding of an American flag, Lewis family members placed white roses on his casket while white doves were released.

Her eyes red from crying, Jamila Thompson, Lewis' congressional deputy chief of staff tried not to mourn Lewis, but celebrate him offering stories of how he worked every day to make everyone feel special and worthy.

"I think that is what I am going to miss the most, his laugh," Thompson said, smiling. "Not the laugh you would see on television. But when he would laugh from his heart, his belly, his soul."

(Shelia Poole, J.D. Capelouto and Leon Stafford contributed to this report)


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