Funeral service held for former North Carolina US Rep. Coble

Howard Coble
In a Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, 6th District Congressman Howard Coble announces his decision not to seek re-election during a ceremony at the Guilford County Republican Party headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Coble, the longest serving Republican U.S. House member in North Carolina history, died just before midnight Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at a Greensboro hospital, his nephew Ray Coble Jr. said Wednesday. He was 84. (H. Scott Hoffmann/News & Record via AP, File)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Politicians and congressional staffers were among those who turned out to say their final goodbyes to North Carolina U.S. Rep. Howard Coble.

Coble died last week at age 84. With 30 years on Capitol Hill, Coble was the longest-serving Republican U.S. House member in North Carolina history.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory spoke at the service, making note of Coble’s sense of fashion and “genuine heart.”

The News & Record of Greensboro reported ( Coble’s pastor, the Rev. Joel M. Long, referred to him as a “national treasure in a North Carolina kind of vessel.”

Coble’s internment was a private ceremony at another church where he was a member for over 70 years.

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