Montgomery said goodbye to one of its most unique and influential residents Monday.

Emory Folmar, the Capital City’s longest consecutively serving mayor, was laid to rest after passing away Friday evening. The former chairman of the Alabama Republican Party also is credited with having restored that party’s influence in the state. Folmar, who had been ill, was 81.

Folmar worked as administrator of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board throughout former Gov. Bob Riley’s term and was known publicly for his bellicose, hard-driving personality. But those who were close to him knew a man whose personal courage and unfailing faith in God gave him his fearlessness and confidence.

“Emory was probably the most successful politician that I have ever been around. But he never understood the concept of speaking politically correct. This was as foreign to Emory Folmar as anything ever could be,” Riley said in his eulogy for Folmar. “But he was a man of unique talents.”

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