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Former Congressman Tim Valentine dies

Former N.C. Rep. Tim Valentine speaks at a meeting of a blue ribbon commission on agricultural waste in 2009. Valentine died Nov. 10, 2015, at age 89.
Former N.C. Rep. Tim Valentine speaks at a meeting of a blue ribbon commission on agricultural waste in 2009. Valentine died Nov. 10, 2015, at age 89. News & Observer file photo

Tim Valentine, a former congressman representing the Second Congressional District, died Tuesday at age 89.

Valentine, a Democrat, served six terms in the U.S. House - from 1983-1995 - representing counties that included Johnston and parts of Wake and Durham in what was then the Second Congressional District.

He was a member of the N.C. House from 1955-1960. After his state House terms, he served on the staff of Gov. Dan K. Moore as a legal adviser and legislative counsel.

His Congressional biography identifies his birthplace as Rocky Mount.

Valentine was a graduate of The Citadel and UNC-Chapel Hill law school. Though he no longer practiced law, a firm bearing his family name operates in Nashville.

“He was great. He was first-class,” said law partner Frank Adams, who began working with Valentine in 1966.

A portion of U.S. 64 near Nashville is named for him.

A funeral is planned for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lakeside Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, with visitation beginning at noon at the church.

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