BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Governor Edwin Edwards was described as a wonderful father and a relentless visionary.
Edwards’ family held a private funeral today as observers watched outside to pay their final respects.
“He was a multi-term governor that did a lot for the state, brought our state forward in a lot of ways,” says D-D Breaux
Draped under the American Flag, Edwards’ casket was brought down the steps of the State Capitol to the sound of bagpipes by Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes and Drums.
Drum Major Taylor Brownfield says they practiced consistently for that moment.
“It was a historic thing especially for here in Baton Rouge, it was not taken lightly,” Brownfield said.
From the State Capitol where Edwards lied in state his casket was placed on a horse drawn carriage and led down 4th street to the Old State Capitol for the private funeral service.
Much of downtown was blocked off as the procession was led by state police and trailed by Southern University’s band.
He was brought through the doors of the Old State Capitol followed by his children and family.
Edwin Edwards was the states only four-term governor.
Edwards will be buried in Baton Rouge.