October 8, 2003 - Posted at: 8:04 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A funeral service is set for this afternoon for former Governor Sid McMath. Yesterday, McMath's body lay in state at the Capitol in Little Rock.
McMath was a war hero, a crusading prosecutor and a two-term governor a half-century ago and is credited with helping Arkansas modernize. He died at his Little Rock home Saturday night at age 91.
A Marine honor guard stood with McMath's casket yesterday as about 400 mourners filed past.
After obtaining his law degree in 1936, McMath joined the Marines, served a year, returned home, joined again and served in World War Two. McMath, a Democrat, was Arkansas governor from 1948 to 1952.
Today's funeral service is at 2 p.m. at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Burial with full military honors will follow at Pinecrest Cemetery. A reception will be held at the church following the burial.