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George H.W. Bush's family and friends praised his faith, humility and patience Thursday, saying the former president embodied courage and grace along with his unique brand of humor and kindness as days of national mourning in Washington took on a more personal feel during a final Texas farewell.

A funeral for the former president was held at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, featuring live performances from some of his favorite musical artists. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice president and 41st president of the United States.

The passing of Bush, only the second president to see his son follow him to the Oval Office, has led Americans to reflect on his life of duty and service to country as a leader of the so-called "Greatest Generation".

Bush "was America's last great soldier statesman", presidential historian Jon Meacham told the guests.

Bush, who also served as vice president to Ronald Reagan, did not endorse Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Bush then continued down the row, shaking hands with former president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, and former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.

Baker was with Bush just before the former president died.

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The funeral at the Washington National Cathedral brought together the current and all former living presidents.

He was president from 1989-1993 and was known for overseeing a post-Cold War transition as well as the Gulf War.

Trump has had a particularly acrimonious relationship with the Bush family, criticising George H.W. Bush and his sons.

Hume downplayed the fact that Hillary Clinton did not greet or look at Trump when he entered the funeral ceremony Wednesday. Trump and his wife took their seats after the others, briefly greeting the Obamas seated next to them.

Trump arrived and promptly shook hands with Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. Former Sen. Bob Dole, a compatriot in war, peace and political struggle, steadied himself out of his wheelchair and saluted his old friend and one-time rival.

During the transition between their shows, Lemon said, "Nope".

There will be a public viewing on Wednesday night at the Houston church where Bush and his late wife, Barbara Bush, were longtime worshippers.

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