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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A former congressman and leader in South Georgia was remembered today as his family decorated his grave.  

Family members of William E. Smith made pine sculptures for his grave. 

Smith built the very first brick home in Albany back in the 1850's. Smith also served as a congressman and was a fierce advocate against the electoral college system we currently have in place.

His family thought it would be special to decorate the grave of someone who served the people of Southwest Georgia.

"We thought his resting place was a little simple so we wanted to do something special for him, so we commissioned Mr. Davis, the artist who made yall Ray Charles statue, to make these pine cones and that's what we've been doing this past year," said Frances Lussky, Great Granddaughter.  

Smith died in the late 1800s.  The second pine cone will be placed next to the other one in the coming weeks.

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