MONROE, La. – Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, who just lately died from COVID-19 issues, was remembered Saturday as a person who liked folks and felt referred to as to serve others.
“This can be a gentleman who cared about nothing however others,” stated former Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, who employed Letlow as chief of employees throughout his tenure in Washington and later backed Letlow’s bid for Congress. “He was a real servant’s servant. We by no means wish to neglect what he is executed for our state, what he is executed for me and my household.”
Letlow, an incoming Republican member of the U.S. Home, died Tuesday at 41. Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered flags flown at half-staff on Saturday for Letlow, who’s survived by his spouse, Julia Letlow, and their kids, Jeremiah, 3, and Jacqueline, 1.
Greater than 200 folks gathered at North Monroe Baptist Church for the memorial. Abraham acknowledged the presence of different members of the state’s congressional delegation in attendance, together with U.S. Reps. Clay Higgins and Garret Graves.
Abraham famous that Letlow was identified for the relationships he cast.
“Luke liked Louisiana. He liked touring down nation roads with potholes, going to Lea’s in Lecompte for pie and milk and speaking to the locals,” he stated.
Abraham urged family and friends to plant a tree in Letlow’s reminiscence.
“Plant a tree that it’s a must to water and nurture and watch develop. And each time you cross that tree, you will keep in mind Luke and smile and embrace that heat feeling that involves your coronary heart as you go about your day. He needs us to be completely happy, brave and robust. The way in which we honor and keep in mind Luke Letlow is to construct that sort of life.”
Letlow, from the small city of Begin in Richland Parish, was elected in a December runoff election for the sprawling fifth District U.S. Home seat representing central and northeastern areas of the state, together with the cities of Monroe and Alexandria. He was to fill the seat being vacated by Abraham.
Jonathan S. Wagner, pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church, stated the variety of folks current and watching the service by way of livestream was a “testomony to Luke’s impression throughout his 41 ears on this earth.”
“The tributes converse to his genuineness, his work ethic, his playful spirit, his love for Louisiana and his love for folks. He was a fantastic man and it was a fantastic privilege to have identified him,” Wagner stated.
Wagner stated Letlow cared deeply about public service.
“Folks knew he was not simply attempting to get his identify on the market,” throughout his marketing campaign travels, Wagner stated. “He was genuinely focused on assembly folks and listening to their tales. He wished to know what formed them and made them who they have been. These tales formed him and altered the best way he lived. He went into politics to be a public servant within the purest sense. He wished to assist others as a result of he liked them deeply and sincerely and was pushed by his religion.”
Jeffrey Thomas, a buddy of Letlow’s and lead pastor at Begin Baptist Church, described Letlow as “God’s particular possession.”
“The love of God flowed by Luke,” Thomas stated. “Julia, he liked you and he liked these infants. … No matter recollections you’ve got of him, phrases spoke by him or no matter service he gave you, he did it out of affection. God gave us a particular present in Luke. He made essentially the most of each alternative and wished to just be sure you and I had the best possible.”
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