ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Family and friends spent Sunday honoring and remembering the life of longtime Enterprise City Council Member Richard Fleming.

“Thank you for being here,” Pastor at FBC Enterprise, Dr. Ben Bowden said. “As we celebrate this life that was well-lived. The life of Papa Richard.”

Richard Fleming passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

He served on the Enterprise City Council for 16 years from 1972 to 1988, where he also served as the fire and police commissioner

Fleming was also a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Enterprise.

“Whatever he had,” Dr. Bowden said. “He would give it away if somebody needed it. He loved people. He loved animals. He loved all of God’s creation and he lived life to the fullest each and every day. He invested in people.”

Fleming was known around the church as the “candy man.”

He gave out thousands of pounds of candy, according to family members and the children came to him on every church occasion to get a piece of candy.

But his daughter remembers him for always being available to go outdoors.

“From a young age into his 90s,” Dr. Bowden said. “Thelma Ann said he was known for saying, ‘Tt don’t make a difference to me.’ as a dad Thelma Ann remembers him always ready to go rambling. Whether it would be spotlighting deer, fishing, catching, or calling up hogs. He was ready for an adventure with his only daughter.”

On Sunday, family and friends gathered to honor the life of Fleming and remember the good times spent with him.

The funeral was held at First Baptist Church of Enterprise and the burial was held shortly after.

Richard was a champion for Enterprise. He was not only a prominent businessman, but he was a family man. He was always so good about helping people in the community. He will be missed by many, but the legacy he leaves behind will remain.

Mayor of Enterprise William E. Cooper