After the physique of former President George H.W. Bush arrived again from Washington on Wednesday, Texans lined up by the hundreds outdoors a Houston church, desirous to pay their last respects.

The casket of the nation’s 41st president, who died final week at age 94, was on view at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, the place his household worshipped and the place companies for former first girl Barbara Bush have been held after she died in April.

In the course of the evening, the road into the church moved slowly — halting every time mourners stopped in entrance of the casket to cross themselves or in any other case acknowledge Bush.

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Jim McGrath, the Bush household spokesman, stated about 5,000 individuals had handed by the Secret Service safety checkpoint for the repose, with wait occasions beneath an hour.

Earlier Wednesday, the primary individuals in line arrived within the morning, virtually 10 hours earlier than the church was scheduled to open to guests.

Pennie Werth-Bobian, 56, of Tomball, was on the entrance of the road. She stated that she used to go to with Bush whereas a buddy of hers lower his hair and that they grew to become pals. She stated the second time they met, he informed her to name him George.

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GEORGE H.W. BUSH’S CASKET ARRIVES IN HOUSTON EN ROUTE TO FINAL RESTING PLACE

Jennifer Dawson labored for the 41st president when his son George W. Bush was president, she informed Fox 26 Houston.

“He was probably the most great father and husband and he simply beloved his household,” she stated. “He was completely probably the most down-to-earth, real-life particular person I’ve ever met in my life.”

Jan Robertson, a U.S. historical past trainer at George Bush Excessive College, informed the Houston Chronicle that she started educating in the course of the elder Bush’s presidency and has stored tabs on the Bush household ever since.

“They’re the kind of individuals I want extra individuals have been like,” Robertson stated. “They talked about giving again to society and repair.”

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Texan Maria Lourdres Torres informed the Chronicle that she rushed residence from work to say goodbye to the president. She stated she spent hours ready for her probability to pay respects.

A funeral service might be held on the church Thursday morning, the place about 1,200 mourners are anticipated to attend.

A particular practice will then take the casket to the campus of Texas A&M College in Faculty Station, the place Bush might be buried at his presidential library subsequent to his spouse, Barbara, and their younger daughter Robin, who died in 1953.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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