Update: Hundreds gather for Millard Fuller's funeral

AMERICUS, Ga. -- Hundreds of people lined up Wednesday morning at Koinonia Farm south of Americus for the funeral of Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller.

In bitter 27-degree cold, people walked up a dirt road from the farm store.

About 50 people wearing heavy coats, gloves and scarfs walked in front of a plain white van carrying Fuller’s body. They sang the hymn “I’ll fly away.”

The burial site was on Picnic Hill about half a mile off Georgia 49.

Fuller, a native of Lanett, Ala., died early Tuesday at the age of 74 after a brief illness.

The funeral service started at 11 a.m.

Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity in 1975. Before he split with the organization in 2005, it had built more than 200,000 homes for low-income residents across the world. More than 250 of its homes have been built in Columbus.

He was buried on the farm to which he retreated in the 1960s when he gave up his material possessions. Koinonia was a racially integrated, Christian community led by Clarence Jordan.

It was here that the idea for Habitat for Humanity and the theology of the hammer was born.