HOUSTON -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has lauded former Gov. Mark White as a public servant who "devoted his life to making our state even better, particularly when it came to educating our children."

White died Saturday in Houston at the age of 77. The Democrat was governor from 1983 to 1987.

Abbott said he got to know White as a young lawyer in Houston, and that White's impact on Texas "will not soon be forgotten."

A funeral is planned for Wednesday in Houston. The following day he will lay in state in the Capitol rotunda in Austin. He will then be buried in a private ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery.

Wednesday, August 9th, 11:00 a.m.
Second Baptist Church
6400 Woodway Dr.
Houston, TX 77057

Thursday, August 10th, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Capitol Rotunda
1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701