COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — The Chattahoochee Valley has lost a familiar face in broadcasting. Long time Columbus news anchor and TV commentator Al Fleming has passed away.

Fleming died at Columbus Hospice after a sudden illness.

Fleming worked at WRBL several times during his career, including back in the early 80’s when the station launched two evening newscasts on either side of the CBS Evening News.

Fleming moved to Columbus from Fargo, North Dakota in the 1960’s and made Columbus his home the rest of his life.

He’s one of the few TV news anchors in this market to work at all three original Columbus television stations.

Many remember Fleming for his commentaries for which he won multiple Emmy awards.

Visitation for Flemng will be held Friday, March 18, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McMullen Funeral Home in Columbus.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022, afternoon at 3:00 p.m., also at McMullen.