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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 14, 2014

The funeral of former Tennessean editor John Seigenthaler was “a mixture of centuries-old Catholic ritual, social justice rally and close family reunion,” the paper reports in its coverage of today’s service, which brought luminaries from political, religious and music worlds to Nashville. More than 1,000 people, including members of the Kennedy family, former Vice President Al Gore and a host of current and former leaders, gathered at the Cathedral of the Incarnation this morning. Father Charles Strobel, founder of a homeless outreach in Nashville, delivered the eulogy. Honorary pall bearers included Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Jim Cooper, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, former Vice President Albert Gore Jr., former Sen. James Sasser, former Gov. Phil Bredesen, George E. Barrett, Lew Conner, Hal Hardin and Judge Gilbert Merritt. Watch the service or see photos on the Tennessean’s website.

Among those weighing in with tributes is Tennessee Chief Justice Gary Wade, who said Seigenthaler was a staunch advocate of civil rights and “perhaps the greatest defender" of the First Amendment since adoption of the U.S. Constitution. Wade also praised Seigenthaler’s commitment to a fair and impartial judiciary.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Amendment Center, 1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212 or to Room in the Inn, P.O. Box 25309, Nashville, TN 37202.