>> For more than 60 years, George Herbert Walker Bush has been my friend and he's been my role model.>> The final celebration of the life of former US President George H.W. Bush on Thursday also, the most intimate. Friends such as former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and country music star Reba McIntyre among those attending his funeral at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
Where Bush worshiped for 50 years in his adopted hometown of Houston.>> Who art in Heaven.>> Bush's former Secretary of State, tennis partner, and long time confidante, James Baker. Eulogizing the man he called a truly beautiful human being and a charter member of the greatest generation.>> He was not considered a skilled speaker, but his deeds were quite eloquent.
And he demonstrated their eloquence by carving them into the hard granite of history. They expressed his moral character and they reflected his decency, his boundless kindness and consideration of others.>> The service capping an extraordinary week of mourning for the nation's 41st President.
And coming a day after his State Funeral in Washington D.C. before a sometimes awkward looking gathering of Trumps, Obamas, and Clintons. Bush's passing, not just a reminder of his achievements, from World War II pilot to CIA Director to President when he stewarded the end of the Cold War.
But also his pursuit of civility in politics and a kinder, gentler nation.>> We rejoice, Mr. President, that you were safely tucked in now and through the ages with God's loving arms around you. Because our glory, George, was to have had you as our President and as such a friend.
>> Bush's casket traveled by train from Houston to College Station, Texas, with many cheering along the way. His final resting place, next to wife Barbara and their daughter Robin who died at age three of leukemia. On the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.