Helms' adherence to his principles and his kindness to people were themes in eulogies delivered by speakers who included Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
At least 10 sitting U.S. senators and congressmen will attend the funeral of former Sen. Jesse Helms, who died on July 4.
Supporters filed past the closed casket of one of North Carolina's most powerful and controversial politicians, former Sen. Jesse Helms.
Hoover Adams, founder of the nearly 60-year-old Daily Record in Dunn, has picked up his pen to set the record straight about the senator, who was his friend for more than 40 years.
Former Sen. Jesse Helms will lie in repose from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hayes-Barton Baptist Church. A private burial will follow.
Former U.S. Rep. Bill Cobey said Helms inspired him. Cobey never saw Helms’ support as a liability, although Helms would joke about it.
In 1972, Jesse Helms defeated Durham Democrat Nicholas Galifianakis in a U.S. Senate race that went on to shape the state’s politics for decades to come.
One of the most controversial and loathed political figures of North Carolina, those who knew Jesse Helms say there was a softer side beneath his tough exterior.
Jesse Helms, who died at 1:15 a.m. Friday in Raleigh, will lie in repose Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Hayes-Barton Baptist Church. His funeral will be 2 p.m. on Tuesday also at the church. A private burial will follow.