GREENVILLE, N.C. (WAVY) — Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 76.
Jones, who represents the Outer Banks and other parts of Eastern North Carolina, was put in hospice care at the end of January, according to a North Carolina Republican Party official.
His office released the following statement about his passing:
After faithfully representing the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress and the state legislature for over 34 years, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina. He was 76.
Congressman Jones was a man of the people. With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice.
Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity. He was never afraid to take a principled stand. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum. Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right.
He will be sorely missed.
Jones was granted a leave of absence on December 11, 2018. WNCT obtained the Congressional Record from that day, which shows Jones was granted the leave due to an illness.
The Associated Press reported that Jones had surgery Jan. 15 for a broken hip suffered at his Farmville home.
Jones served in the seat since 1995 and announced during the 2018 campaign that this term would be his last, WNCN reports.