Family, friends share wonderful memories at service for Louis Stokes

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CLEVELAND – Hundreds of Clevelanders made their way to Cleveland City Hall today to pay their respects to former Congressman Louis Stokes, who passed away last week at the age of 90 after battling cancer.

Today, the public was given the opportunity to show its last respects as Stokes’ casket lay in state in the rotunda of City Hall for the public viewing. An ‘In Appreciation’ ceremony was held in the rotunda.

The ‘In Appreciation’ event featured a Kappa Alpha Psi tribute as well as remarks from Stokes’ family and former colleagues.


Stokes’ funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Quincy Avenue. Vice President Joe Biden will be among those paying their respects at the funeral.

The funeral is open to the public; however, the burial afterwards is private.

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In July, Stokes announced that he had been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer, and was undergoing treatment at the Cleveland Clinic.

Stokes served in World War II  and attended Cleveland Marshall Law School before becoming a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He held that post for 30 years, retiring in 1999 after representing the city of Cleveland and east-side communities.

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