Mourners Now Gathered for Rockefeller Service

JULY 20, 2006 - Posted at 12:50 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An hour before a memorial service for Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Rockefeller, the church sanctuary was filled with more than 500 people.

The over-capacity crowd included former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, Governor Huckabee and first lady Janet Huckabee, as well as gubernatorial nominees Democrat Mike Beebe and Republican Asa Hutchinson.  Former President Clinton also planned to attend the service.

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church pastor Vic Nixon will give the sermon and Rockefeller's sons Will and Win, Jr. will make some remarks.  Off-site space for additional 1,000 people was available and local television stations are airing the service live.

Rockefeller died Sunday at age 57 of a blood disorder.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)