MIAMI (CBSMiami/NSF) – Former Florida Governor Reubin Askew, who died last Thursday at age 85, will be remembered in a series of services this week in Tallahassee and in his hometown of Pensacola.
Askew’s body will lie in state in a flag-draped casket at Florida’s Historic Capitol from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Cabinet, Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford are among the dignitaries scheduled to honor the late governor, one of the state’s most influential politicians in modern history.
On Wednesday, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.
On Thursday, Askew will lie in repose from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at his former home church, First Presbyterian Church Pensacola, 33 East Gregory Street, where his casket will be accompanied by an honor guard and escort provided by Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.
Askew will be buried with full military honors Friday at Bayview Memorial Park, 3351 Scenic Highway, Pensacola. The graveside service will begin at noon and is open to the public.
Askew is survived by his wife Donna Lou; a son, Kevin and a daughter, Angela White; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Lafayette Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.