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Legendary Memphis Minister, Politician dies

Prominent retired pastor Kenneth Twigg Whalum, Senior, a former Memphis City Council member, died Monday night at St. Francis Hospital.

Rev. Whalum served as Senior Pastor of Olivet Baptist Church from 1969 to 1999 when his son, current school board member, Kenneth Whaulm, Jr., took over.

Whalum, Senior also had a career in the US Postal Service and Congressman Steve Cohen recently proposed the postal facility on South Third Street be re-named in Whalum's honor.

He's father of the famed saxaphone player Kirk Whalum and artist and poet, Kevin Whalum.

He was first elected to the City Council in 1988, representing Orange Mound but went on to become one of the first African Americans elected to an at-large council seat in 1992.

Whalum had suffered a series of strokes over the past few years.

He was 73-years-old.

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