NEWVILLE, Ala. (AP) —The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogize Tuesday for his mother, Ada Sharpton, during a morning funeral service in the town of Newville.

The 87-year-old Ada Sharpton died in Dothan, Ala., March 22 following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Sharpton and a host of other dignitaries were at Center Baptist Church in Newville for the funeral.

His spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger said he learned of his mother's death while boarding a flight to Florida last Thursday morning. He flew to Alabama to make arrangements after attending a rally in Sanford for TM.