Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C.,None —
Hundreds gathered at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Charlotte's south end on Saturday to pay their respects to former mayor pro tem Susan Burgess.
The late councilwoman fought hard against colorectal cancer which ultimately took her life at age 64.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said he has been filled with many emotions and spoke to the congregation, but he said it wasn't easy.
"I prayed before I spoke for the ability to just get through the words I had to say," said Foxx.
"Even though we totally disagreed I could never counter her commitment and her energy," said Pat McCrory, former Mayor of Charlotte.
Many say Burgess played a big part in our community and will always be remembered as one loyal to Charlotte and to her family.
Burgess' family held a private funeral and burial on Saturday, followed by a public memorial.
Earlier this week council members voted to honor Susan Burgess' wish and appoint her son, Jason, to take over the remainder of her position. His first council meeting will be Monday.