All roads lead to Central Liberia where thousands of people are today (March 7, 2014) gathering in Gbarnga, the capital of Bong County, for the funeral service over the remains of the former speaker of the Interim Legislative Assembly, Honorable Bismarck Flomo Normu Kuyon. He died at the age of 75.
The service, which will begin at ten o’clock in the morning will have many clergymen officiating; among whom is retired Bishop Arthur Kulah of the United Methodist Church of the Liberia Annual Conference who will give the funeral discourse at the Administrative Building.
Last evening, the Administrative Building was jam-packed with sympathizers and family members who attended a night of wake-keeping with many tributes paid Honorable Kuyon for gallantry and heroic acts during his life time, placing Bong County on the political map.
The late Honorable Bismark Kuyon began public service in 1962, as an agriculture extension agent with the Ministry of Agriculture. Later, between 1965 and 1968 he served as director of aqua-culture at the same Ministry.
From 1968 to 1975, he was principal of the Gbarnga United Methodist Mission’s elementary and junior high school, before he became a member of the house of representative from Bong County; he served from 1968 through 1975.
The late speaker was in 1975 named president and general manager of the Bong County Cooperative and Acting President of the College of West Africa, respectively.
In 1980, and up to 1982, he served as training director and ministerial liaison office with the US Peace corps, Liberia.
In 1993, he was chairman-elect of the Council of State.
The deceased was a holder of a B.Sc. and LLB from the Cuttington University College in Suacoco, and earned an M.Sc. in General Science from Iowa State University Bismark also earned a Law degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of the University of Liberia.
The late astute educator and philanthropist enjoyed several professional experiences in which he served in the following capacities: President, Pan African Students Organization of the Americas; member, Board of Trustees, Cuttington University College; Board of Trustee, College of West Africa, and Friends of Liberia.
He was founder and chairman of the Bong County Emergency Organization and is also remembered as conference lay-leader emeritus, United Methodist Church.
As a result of his noteworthy performance over the years, the distinction of Humane Order of African Redemption was conferred on Hon. Kuyon, with the grade of Knight Great Band.
Below are remarks from people who knew him well:
Legal Practitioner George Cooper Katakpah said, “Kuyon was a fine agriculturist and I will miss him for his passion in agriculture.”
“God loves a cheerful giver and that was the lifestyle of Bismarck Kuyon. May he rest in peace”, said Andrew Jackson.
“I wish each Liberia would emulate the good examples of Bismarck Kuyon. He was very generous and hospitable,” said Emmanuel Tokpah.
Interment will take place in a family cemetery in Gbarnga his hometown. Bisi Klah reporting.