CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — Glenn Freeman, who served in both the House and Senate representing residents of southeastern Kentucky, has died. He was 80.
Hart Funeral Home said on its website that Freeman died June 7 at his home in Corbin.
WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/1oTLHYD) reports family and friends remembered Freeman during a visitation on Tuesday at London First Pentecostal Church. A memorial service was planned Wednesday afternoon.
Freeman, who was originally from Harlan County, served three terms in the House in the 1970s and one term in the Senate from 1996 to 2000. According to his obituary, he helped start the Coal Mine Safety Analyst Program and chaired the economic development and labor committee in an effort to bring jobs to eastern Kentucky.
"I don't believe anybody that met Glenn Freeman didn't like him, and he was a born politician," said Dave Huff, a lifelong friend.
Huff said the mine safety legislation, created after a fatal disaster in 1976, was important to Freeman.
"That was something that he was dear to, was all those people. I've seen him cry time after time about that," he said.
"We've just lost a remarkably talented man who cared genuinely about southeast Kentucky and its people; a public servant of the first degree," said W. Bruce Ayers, President Emeritus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.
Freeman is survived by his wife, three sons and 10 grandchildren.
Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews