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CULLMAN, Ala. (WHNT) — Family and friends honored the life and service of long-time state senator Hinton Mitchem at a funeral Saturday afternoon in Cullman.

Mitchem died Tuesday at the age of 74 after complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

The parking lot of Moss Service Funeral Home overflowed with cars, as friends and former constituents came to say goodbye to Mitchem and share their condolences with his family.

“What he was able to accomplish and his amount of time that he served the people of our district and our state was unprecedented,” state senator Clay Scofield said.

“I dare say that it will never be seen again in that magnitude.”

Scofield succeeded Mitchem in 2010 as senator for the ninth district.

Mitchem served the previous eight terms, and represented Marshall County and its surrounding areas for 36 years before announcing his retirement from politics.

“Hinton had a tremendous on our district, and he had a tremendous impact on the state,” Scofield said.  “He has left a legacy that all people in the state of Alabama will enjoy.”

Marshall County district attorney Steve Marshall said Mitchem was a great public official.

“Hinton wasn’t in it for money, he wasn’t in it for prestige or power,” Marshall said.

“He truly wanted to serve the public.  Anybody that knows him knows he had an amazing heart.  It didn’t matter who you were or where you were from, you came in his office ready to talk … and he was somebody that would do everything he could to try to help you.”