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Funeral held for longtime Sen. Johnny Isakson

The service was held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

ATLANTA — A funeral service was held for longtime senator and beloved politician Johnny Isakson Thursday afternoon. 

The service took place at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.

At the service, Isakson's two sons: Kevin and John, and daughter: Julie shared special tributes about their father. 

Senator Mitch McConnell also spoke highlighting Isakson's bipartisanship and ability to unite people in a heartwarming speech. 

Isakson, a Georgia Republican, served in the U.S. Senate for nearly 15 years. He battled Parkinson's Disease for more than half a decade revealing his diagnosis in 2015. He stepped down from his Senate seat with two years to go in his term in 2019. 

Isakson passed away on Dec. 19 just shy of his 77th birthday. His legacy will continue to live on through research being conducted on the disease at the University of Georgia, his alma mater. 

The Isakson Initiative has previously said his family is "grateful for the prayers and support" they have received.

After Isakson's passing, tributes from leaders across the nation poured in to honor his legacy. After his death, Gov. Brian Kemp said in a statement, "Georgia has lost one of its greatest statesmen, and a servant leader dedicated to making his state and country better than he found it." The late Congressman John Lewis called him a “special man” and a “good man” whom he considered a “friend and a brother.” 

Isakson held public office for more than four decades. He made his reputation as a bridge-builder and dealmaker, the kind of lawmaker lamented as a dying breed in today’s modern-day political climate.

You can find more information here about Isakson's political career, life and legacy.

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