Written by Matt Okarmus
Former Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar, one of the city's most prominent figures, will be laid to rest Monday [November 14th, 2011].
Folmar, 81, was mayor of the Capital City from 1977 to 1999. He died Friday evening at his Montgomery home after an extended illness.
"We are grateful for the fact that he lived a full life and passed away in his sleep at home," said Folmar's granddaughter, Emily Flowers.
Following a private graveside service, a memorial service for Folmar will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1728 S. Hull St.
Mayor Todd Strange said Folmar will be given full honors during the private ceremony.
Emory Folmar stands at Overlook Park in downtown Montgomery in this 1995 photo. The former Montgomery mayor died Friday after an extended illness. / Lloyd Gallman/Advertiser File
Emory Folmar, who served as mayor of Montgomery for 22 years and who became the first Republican to run a competitive race to become governor of the state since the end of Reconstruction, has died at the age of 81.
Folmar passed away at his Montgomery home at about 7 p.m. Friday [November 11, 2011] after an extended illness, said his son-in-law, Mark Dauber.
"He was a very tough man, a very strong man. It was very hard on him to become frail," Dauber said. "In spite of all that, he always had a good attitude."