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Thousands expected to attend Helms' visitation

Posted July 6, 2008
Updated October 17, 2011

— Thousands are expected to pay their respects Monday to former Sen. Jesse Helms, who will lie in repose starting at 10 a.m. at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Helms, 86, died Friday in Raleigh. His cause of death was not released.

Helms will lie in repose Monday until 8 p.m. Helm's family will be at the church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave. A private burial will follow.

A condolence book will be available for the public to sign from Monday morning until Tuesday evening. The book will be sent to the Jesse Helms Center at Wingate University, his alma mater. (Share your condolences.)

Helms was a longtime member of Hayes Barton and attended services there for 67 years. He also served as a deacon for a while.

Helms was remembered Sunday by the church's congregation.

“When he was in town, he was always here,” deacon B.J. Warren said.

“I actually interned for him up in D.C. for a summer in between high school and college...He was a great man, a good solid conservative, a good southern gentleman,” church member Thomas Currin said of Helms.

Some people found Helms' conservative beliefs hurtful, when it came to race and sexuality. However, church members said at Hayes Barton, politics was always left at the front-door.

“I myself did not agree with him many times on political matters, but I always respected the courage of his convictions,” church member G. Wesley Williams said. “He was a good senator and a good citizen and I think he should be remembered in that manner."

“He was just a regular member here. There was no politics involved. ...He was just who he was,” church member Henry Warren said.

Gov. Mike Easley ordered all North Carolina state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Helms. Easley said flags will be flown at half-staff from Monday until sunset Tuesday in memory of Helms, who represented North Carolina in the Senate from 1973 to 2003.

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  • Chaniya Jul 7, 4:28 p.m.

    Now we have a problem. The moderator is not releasing most negative comments regarding the Senator. There are many of us who are not shedding any tears over his demise. That's ok, there are other forums.

  • DominicanNC Jul 7, 2:58 p.m.

    http://www.wral.com/golo/blogpost/3155409/#commentform
    http://www.theskanner.com/index.php?action=artd&artid=6891

  • rogerkneebend Jul 7, 1:11 p.m.

    "rogerkneebend, Morals scare the living heck out of Democrats. Don't even go there. They will hate you and they will demean you and if you have confidence in yourself they will start calling you all grades of names. Jesse Helms had confidence and he never wavered and that scares them to death"

    Democrats don't scare me. They amuse me when they mount their soap boxes. It usually starts out with "how does my choice affect you?"

    Then eventually comes the finger pointing and accusations of so-called "ignorance" when they don't want to be accountable for choices they made....and at taxpayer expense.

  • HockeyRules Jul 7, 1:04 p.m.

    " Morals scare the living heck out of Democrats"

    Funny how someone as full of hatred and venom as this person could claim to know what morals are. Very funny.

  • TontoKozlowski Jul 7, 12:56 p.m.

    babyluv - You didn't know very many people cared for the man? How ignorant of statement is that! How many years did Sen. Helms serve in the senate?

  • rogerkneebend Jul 7, 12:56 p.m.

    amvaugh,

    I am not talking about those who contracted AIDS by blood transfusions.

    However, I do remember the AIDS scare and remember that the majority of people, liberals and conservatives alike, believed that AIDS could be contagious in the same way as the cold virus.

  • patriotsrevenge Jul 7, 12:55 p.m.

    now, I have mixed feelings, he too is very confident, and in many cases I agree with his actions, but in hind sight I think Iraq may have been a mistake, even though I freely admit that I was all for it at the time. Afganistan was not a mistake. I disagree with his social agenda (stem cells, Roe v. Wade, etc). In fiscal matters I always agree with Republicans, in personal freedom/social issues, I usually agree with Democrats.

  • now Jul 7, 12:54 p.m.

    rogerkneebend, Morals scare the living heck out of Democrats. Don't even go there. They will hate you and they will demean you and if you have confidence in yourself they will start calling you all grades of names. Jesse Helms had confidence and he never wavered and that scares them to death.

  • HockeyRules Jul 7, 12:53 p.m.

    "I predicted this a few weeks ago and your hate toward this country and everything that is good for this country is obvious. "

    Yawn.

  • now Jul 7, 12:49 p.m.

    I am not going to stay on here and listen to you Liberals bad mouth him. I predicted this a few weeks ago and your hate toward this country and everything that is good for this country is obvious.

    The man has a family and supporters. He is dead. Are you happy? Your venom needs to be spread on moveon.org or some other extreme Liberal website. My groupie (hockeyrules) is going to copy and paste my remarks...that is expected, but you extreme Liberals could go to a site that disrespects Jesse Helms instead of this one.

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