5:49 PM EST, February 27, 2013
Chip Woodrum represented southwest Virginia in the General Assembly for more than 20 years.
Wednesday morning, many of the people with whom he served joined his family and friends in Roanoke.
Mourners filled the sanctuary of St. John's Episcopal Church for Woodrum's memorial service.
The group included current and former members of the General Assembly, and two former Virginia Governors, Chuck Robb and Jerry Baliles.
"Chip was always quick to defuse a tense situation with a wry sense of humor," Baliles said in an interview after the service. "He had comments that would bowl us over, that would make us forget our differences. He was knowledgable about history, about theater, about culture, and he and his wife Emily were just two of the nicest people anyone could ever want to meet."
Woodrum died last week in Naples, Florida. He was 74 years old.
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