(Cleveland) – A funeral service was held for Cleveland businessman Arnold Pinkney at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, with hundreds of people from all walks of life attending.

The nationally recognized political strategist born in Youngstown passed away from cancer this month, he was 84 year old.

People began lining up for a public viewing at 8am, and well-wishers continued to pay respects until the 11am service.

Among those attending were U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, former Congressman Louis Stokes, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and Governor John Kasich.

Rev. Jawanza Colin gave the eulogy and called Pinkney a "giant killer" for conquering so many obstacles that stopped others from advancing in business and politics.

Louis Stokes speaks at Pinkney Funeral.

Pinkney founded the Pinkney-Perry Insurance Agency with partner Charles Perry, and was the first African-American representative for Prudential Insurance.

Pinkney managed a number of Democratic political campaigns including Louis Stokes' 1968 campaign for Congress. He also advised Hubert Humphrey, Carl Stokes, Richard Celeste, and championed many public service efforts.

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(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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