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Cumberland County attorney dies

Posted July 30, 2009 2:13 p.m. EDT

— Cumberland County Attorney Grainger Barrett died Wednesday at Durham Regional Hospital, two days after suffering a stroke, officials said Thursday.

“We are in shock, and our hearts are broken for the Barrett family," County Manager James Martin said in a statement. "This tremendous loss will be felt beyond Fayetteville and our community. Grainger was committed to representing the interests of Cumberland County and dedicated to the legal profession."

Barrett, 59, joined the Cumberland County staff in 1998 and had been the county attorney since 1999. He previously served as the attorney for Person County and Chapel Hill and was an assistant professor at the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as working in private practice and as a corporate attorney.

A memorial service is planned for next Monday afternoon. Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville will be assisting the family with the arrangements, and details will be forthcoming.