LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 6/10/14:
Loved ones are remembering former state lawmaker and Cumberland native Glenn Freeman, who died Saturday at age 80.
Freeman served three terms in the Kentucky House in the 1970s and one term in the state Senate from 1996 to 2000.
Family and friends paid their respects at a visitation Tuesday at London First Pentecostal Church.
"I don't believe anybody that met Glenn Freeman didn't like him, and he was a born politician," said lifelong friend Dave Huff.
"We've just lost a remarkably talented man who cared genuinely about southeast Kentucky and its people; a public servant of the first degree," said W. Bruce Ayers, President Emeritus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.
Freeman is credited with helping to bring a number of factories to Harlan County.
A deadly mine disaster in 1976 led Freeman to create legislation designed to improve safety for coal miners.
"That was something that he was dear to, was all those people. I've seen him cry time after time about that," said Huff.
Freeman is survived by his wife Nila, three sons, and 10 grandchildren.
"As a believer, we don't die without hope," said Freeman's son Brent Freeman. "We believe he's in a better place, and he's seeing my younger brother who passed away 17 years ago while Dad was in the Senate, and so it's really a great day for us."
Always for the little man, folks here say Freeman will be sorely missed.
The memorial service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m., also at London First Pentecostal Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Glenn Freeman Scholarship Fund at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College in Cumberland, or to the London First Pentecostal Church building fund.
ORIGINAL STORY 6/9/14:
A former state lawmaker from Harlan County died this weekend.
Glenn Freeman died early Saturday morning in Corbin.
Freeman, who was originally from Cumberland, spent more than one quarter of a century in politics.
He served both as a state representative and state senator.
His funeral arrangements are also pending.
Glenn Freeman was 80 years old.