TUPELO, Miss. — The late Alan Nunnelee was a state senator before being elected to Congress in 2010, but the title he loved most didn't come from any political office.
In a video clip played at his funeral Monday, Nunnelee said that as a father of three, his greatest pride was in the title "Dad."
More than 1,200 people packed the sanctuary of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo, Mississippi, to remember the third-term Republican congressman who died of a brain tumor Friday. He was 56.
About 40 members of Congress, including House Speaker John Boehner, attended the funeral.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, says Nunnelee reminded him of George Bailey from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," a man with an abiding love of family and deep involvement in the community.