Former 6th District Congressman Howard Coble has died at the age of 85 after an extended hospital stay, according to multiple new reports.
Coble represented the 6th District from 1985 until retiring in January.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of Congressman Howard Coble’s passing today, but we are at peace knowing he is in a better place,” said current 6th District Congressman Mark Walker. “Our community was blessed to have had his leadership in Washington for thirty years, but we were even more blessed to call him a friend and mentor. During his time in Washington, Congressman Coble demonstrated that tone and approach still matter in politics. His statesmanship qualities allowed Howard to have friends on both sides of the aisle, which helped him advocate effectively for the needs and concerns of his constituents.
“Howard was one of a kind,” he added. “He was a gentleman and one of the most sincere and kindest people I’ve ever known. Our community not only lost ‘Our Congressman’ today, but one of our heroes.”
Stokes County Board of Commissioners Chair Rhonda Jones agreed.
“No matter what your politics, the loss of former Congressman Howard Coble is a sad thing,” she said. “He was a sweet man.”
According to new reports Coble was hospitalized last fall after complications from surgery for skin cancer.
“J. Howard Coble passed away at 11:40 p.m. Nov. 3 after an extended hospitalization,” Ray Coble Jr. told Greensboro television station WFMY. “The family wishes to thank Dr. Ali Hajazi and the staff of the Select Specialty Hospital in Greensboro for their excellent care. The community will be notified of funeral arrangements when complete.”
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