Walter Jones, longtime North Carolina congressman, dead at 76

14 February, 2019, 03:56 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Rep. Walter B. Jones in 2017

During that conversation I learned from Jones that he was writing letters to the families of all US service members who had died in Iraq (as well as in Afghanistan).

"I'll try to get 20 minutes at night" to make a floor statement, Jones said at the time of the Marines who died in the accident and were cleared, reported Stars and Stripes.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of a longtime leader, proud North Carolinian, a devoted family man of deep faith and my friend of over 40 years", Rep. G.K. Butterfield said in a statement. In December Jones was granted a leave of absence until the end of the congressional session. On January 14, Jones suffered a broken hip at his home in North Carolina and underwent surgery at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina.

The Republican lawmaker was also a man of faith, dedicating his life to serving his savior, Jesus Christ, and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice, for the military and for their families.

State Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said "North Carolina lost a strong advocate and I lost a friend. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice", his office said in a Facebook post Sunday.

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Joe Anne Jones was by her husband's side when he reversed course on the Iraq War.

Jones became a fierce critic of foreign interventionism under Democratic and Republican presidents alike, opposing US involvement in Libya, Syria, and Yemen and calling for an exit strategy from Afghanistan. His death will not get as much attention as the recent passing of former representative John Dingell, Jr., who was the longest-serving member of Congress in USA history and in honor of whom flags were at half-staff at government buildings last week. His congressional office did not release the cause of death.

I encountered Jones again when Senate Democrats convened a non-committee open hearing on events leading up to the war, in which I and a couple of other former officials were witnesses. 'He will be long remembered for his tireless advocacy for Eastern North Carolina, which he loved dearly, and for always following his convictions, no matter the political cost.

Walter Beamon Jones Jr. was born in Farmville in 1943. "He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed".

Cooper has not yet set the dates for those elections, which must include at least 45 days for absentee voting, according to federal law under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. A spokesman, while not commenting directly on Jones' situation, wrote in an email this month that such an election could be held as early as the spring.

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