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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fite remembered in Anniston


Friends, colleagues and family of state Rep. Lea Fite, D-Jacksonville, gathered in Anniston on Thursday to mourn the unexpected death of the lawmaker.
Fite, a supermarket owner, died Monday morning after suffering a seizure.
He was known as a likable legislator who worked across the aisle.
In the last session, he sponsored and helped push through a law to help provide Medicaid coverage for more women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer who previously fell into loopholes in coverage. Both chambers passed the bill unanimously.
He also announced that he was giving the automatic cost of living increase that legislators received in their pay to the American Cancer Society. He donated $1,805.
His wife, Judy, is a breast cancer survivor.
"I could just give it up, but it would go into the black hole in Montgomery so I decided to take it and make sure it goes to a good cause," he told the Montgomery Advertiser in April.
He also encouraged his colleagues to give their raise to charities.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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