Wiregrass residents are mourning the loss an iconic figure in southeast Alabama.
Sherman Rose, a former flight instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, passed away on Wednesday.
However, his friends are not mourning his death, but rather celebrating his life.
He made a difference in a number of people's lives and now, they're remembering his.
John Glanton, a Dothan resident said, "When we drive down through town and look at that mural on the wall of Sherman Rose and those Tuskegee Airmen, we want to always remember Sherman and what he did and what he stood for."
Sherman Rose passed away Wednesday at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
Rose was among the first African Americans to receive pilot training from the U.S. government, paving the way for others to follow in the same path.
He later went on to become an instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen at Fort Rucker.
Amos Newsome, with the Dothan City Commission said, "This was kind of unheard of as having an Afro American instructors at Fort Rucker; in fact, it was kind of unheard to have one Afro American in any one flight class in Fort Rucker."
Most of those who remember Rose say he was a kind man with a gentle heart.
They say he was a sincere friend and remained modest about his accomplishments.
"He has a far region of impact on many people in many ways that we may never imagine,” one resident said. “That's one thing I learned about influence, is that you never can measure it."
"He will truly be missed,” Newsome added. “We won’t be able to replace him."
Rose was 88-years old.
He leaves behind his wife and daughter.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:00PM at the Greater Beulah Baptist Church.
The family will receive visitors at the church Sunday from 5 until 7PM.