Politicians and congressional staffers were among those who turned out to say their final goodbyes Tuesday 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."
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Coble's internment was a private ceremony at another church where he was a member for over 70 years.