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Cheney, U.S. senators to attend Helms' funeral

Posted July 7, 2008
Updated July 8, 2008

Vice-President Dick Cheney and at least 10 sitting U.S. senators and congressmen plan to attend the funeral of former Sen. Jesse Helms in Raleigh on Tuesday.

The service will start at 2 p.m. at Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave., where Helms worshiped for decades and served as a deacon. Helms, 86, died of natural causes in Raleigh on July 4.

"He was a beloved senator among his colleagues, Democrats and Republicans," said Jimmy Broughton, Helms' former campaign manager. "They'll be some very liberal Democratic senators here."

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's office said she was trying to make arrangements to attend. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Republican who won Helms' seat when he retired, planned to attend.

All possible votes in the Senate Tuesday were postponed until Wednesday, as was the Senate Republican Conference's weekly luncheon, due to the funeral.

Associate Pastor Rev. Tom Bodkin will preside over the funeral services, and speakers include Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky), Broughton and Helms’ grandchildren.

Doors will open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Starting at noon, a shuttle will run from overflow parking at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, 301 E. Whitaker Mill Road.

The funeral will be shown in closed-circuit television in a nearby gym. Both sites hold about 800 people.

Photography and videography will not be allowed in the church.

A private burial service will follow.


Coverage of the senator's funeral will air Tuesday at 2 p.m. on WRAL-TV and WRAL.com.

"As the World Turns" and other regularly scheduled programming will air on the WRAL NewsChannel on Time Warner Digital Cable channel 256 or over the air at 5.2. Full episodes and episode recaps will also be available online later in the day at CBS.com.


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  • twixandbetwwen Jul 8, 2008

    One of the best things that could happen to John McCains campaign would be for him to attend this funeral.

  • bullet656 Jul 8, 2008

    freddie cadetti 72-you do realize that AIDS is more prevelant in the homosexual community mainly b/c its easier to get it that way? And black people commit a higher percentage of crime b/c a higher percentage is poor (not that it justifies it). I’m not sure what to think of affirmative action today (its probably hurts more good people than it helps currently), but I do believe that those against it back when Jessie was were racist. Most people that try to justify it say that they don’t believe in special treatment for any people. But considering all the intolerance and ‘whites only’ places, how could you say they didn’t deserve special treatment to be ‘equal’. “Oh, we’re sorry that your ancestors were slaves and b/c of that you started off in the dirt and the only jobs you can get are usually the worst of the worst because no respectable person will hire you, but deal with it. It’s not our problem.” I know that’s not how it always was, but much of the time it wa

  • freddie cadetti 72 Jul 7, 2008

    Anne, Mr Helms went about it the wrong way. He was , however, right on point. For the most part, the ones to which you say he was intolerant do bear more of a burden on soceity and our culture than others. It's a known fact, albeit politically incorrect to say so. We see much more crime from the african american community, and the aids virus is much more prolific in the homosexual community. I , myself am not intoloerant of these facts, but they are the facts just the same, and until people such as you wake up to this fact and stop blaming everything but the real cause, it will always be the same large contributors to the medical and welfare problem.

  • anne53ozzy Jul 7, 2008

    May he rest in peace...He did all of us a great service in his longevity in the role he layed in public since his remarks will be a matter of history for the ages.
    It is always of value to have remarks that are born of intolerance so we might not witness this vitriolic idealism again.
    If "homosexuals and lesbians" were "disgusting people" as expressed by this man in the early 90's, is it any wonder that we still witness hate crimes today?
    As well as racial discrimination and violence against women..
    If you condone any group as an underclass, you perpetuate the opportunistic violence against them by the deranged, deluded or disappointed in our society.