Star athletes among attendees at Bush funeral

Former basketball star Yao Ming and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt are among a handful of sports figures attending the Houston funeral for President George H.W. Bush.
Baseball Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Jeff Bagwell also arrived Thursday morning for the service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family worshipped.
Bush was a fan of his hometown teams. He joined his son, former President George W. Bush, on the field before Game 5 of the 2017 World Series in Houston.
Astros owner Drayton McLane and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda are also in attendance.
About 1,200 mourners are expected at the service. Bush died last week at age 94.
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8:25 a.m.
Guests have started to arrive at the Houston church where former President George H.W. Bush is being remembered.
Services for the 41st president are set for Thursday morning at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where the Bush family worshipped. The church’s doors opened two hours early for guests, who arrived on buses with marquees reading “George H.W. Bush.”
About 1,200 mourners are expected at the service. Bush’s grandchildren are serving as honorary pallbearers and as readers in the service.
After the funeral, a hearse will carry Bush’s casket from St. Martin’s to a Union Pacific facility north of Houston near the international airport named for him. There, his casket will be placed on a special train that will travel to his presidential library in College Station, where he will be buried.
Bush died last week at age 94.