In honor of the life and service of United States Congressman Howard Coble, Governor Pat McCrory ordered all U.S. and North Carolina state flags to be immediately lowered to half-staff until sunset Thursday, November 5, 2015. Congressman Coble was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984 and represented North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District until January 30, 2015. "With the passing of Howard Coble, North Carolina not only lost a wonderful public servant and congressmen, but our state also lost a friend and mentor to so many, including myself. He was a friend who was genuine, hardworking, sincere and honest. We will all miss our friend, but we'll never forget him and the good things he did for our country, our state and so many of us individually. Ann and I will keep the Coble family in our prayers during this difficult time."
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