Gov. Mark White remembered with emotional scripture reading, words from President George W. Bush

HOUSTON -- Former Texas Governor Mark White was honored Wednesday at a memorial ceremony attended by friends, family, and Texas political leaders at Second Baptist Church in Houston.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott was in attendance along with two former Texas governors; Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and former President George W. Bush. "He would have been especially honored to see his fellow Texas governors here today," said White's son Andrew. "You all understand the calling it takes to be a public servant, dad knew it too. Dad admired each of you and he respected the office you hold."

Former President Bush spoke at the service about White's dedication to public service. "In order to be an effective governor, one must love the job, relish every moment," said Bush. "Mark visited me several times in the capitol and on every visit he made it clear how much he valued his time as governor."

White died Saturday at the age of 77 after a long battle with kidney cancer. Through it all, both before and after his diagnosis, his children say there was always one person by his side, making everything he did possible. "Mom, your love for dad was what inspired him to take the risks and to do the hard work that he did that made Texas a better place," said Andrew White. "So on behalf of our family and especially on behalf of dad, thank you."