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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP/WUSA9) - Mourners are gathered at an Upper Marlboro church for the funeral of former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry.

Curry's funeral is scheduled for Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro. A public viewing began at 9:30 a.m., with the funeral service scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

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Curry had lung cancer and died last week at the age of 63.

Curry's college friend Gregory wells said "he believed the residents of Prince George's County deserved the highest quality of shopping lifestyle and education. He created the foundation that all of us are building on now."

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said "he was a mentor to me. He made it very clear what his expectations were, nothing short of excellence. We are going to continue that legacy. To his final breath he was working to make Prince George's County better."

The Democrat was elected in 1994 as Prince George's first African-American executive. He served for eight years.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered that state flags fly at half-staff Thursday in Curry's honor.

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