Edward Jennings Sr. passes away at age 82

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The City of Gainesville is honoring the life of a civil rights advocate and public servant.

Ed Jennings Sr. was a city commissioner and a leader of the African American community.

In 1996 he was selected as mayor. His family says they will remember him as a man who made it his life mission to help others.

The City of Gainesville released a statement saying flags will fly half-staff until this Friday.

Jennings died Friday at the age of 82. A funeral service for Jennings Sr will be held on January 24th from 5-7 pm at Campus View Church and a Church Funeral service will be held on January 25th at 10:30 am at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.