PLANO — North Texans said goodbye Saturday to motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar, who died Wednesday at age 86.
At a crowded memorial service at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, homage was paid to a man who touched a lot of lives... and taught a lot of lessons.
For decades, Ziglar laid it all out from mass audiences to the special private dad-and-son conversations on the golf course.
"He looked me right in the eye and he said, 'Son, I don't think I've told you enough, how proud I am and how much I love you... and we hugged," said Ziglar's son, Tom Ziglar. "And from that day forward, every time we went, we hugged."
On Saturday, Ziglar's family, friends, and fans got the chance to do the speaking.
"There was no fake to Zig Ziglar; he was as real as could be," said Dale Dotson.
Hundreds paid their final respects to the iconic self-help motivator who was motivated to plan his own funeral many years ago.
"On June 18, 2001, he made an appointment and came by with this letter in hand," Prestonwood Pastor Dr. Jack Graham said.
Ziglar wanted the service to be all about faith. Graham read from his instructions:
'If — based on your experience — my choices of songs and procedures are not the most conducive for persuading others to join me in eternity, please make whatever changes you deem advisable."
The church didn't change a thing as they said goodbye to a man who changed everything for some people.
"He truly lived to inspire others," Dotson said. "When he said something, it went right to the heart; it came right from the heart."
"The void is huge, but the impact he made is even bigger," added Bill Porter.
Ziglar is gone now but his legacy clearly will live on.