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Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press
FILE - In this May 31, 2014 photograph, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., right, talks with U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, left, and his wife Tori, center, prior to resuming his campaigning in northern counties in Oxford, Miss. Nunnelee, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in his hometown of Tupelo, Miss. He was 56.

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.