Congressman Walter B. Jones, age 76 (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, NC. Jones faithfully represented the people of ENC for over 34 years in congress and the state legislature.
Jones was absent from congressional votes in the new term since September, he also took his last and 12th term oath of office at home privately in January due to what were mainly undisclosed health reasons at that time. Later in January, it was reported that Jones had fallen and broken his hip and was in hospice care.
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.
The last two bills Jones pushed to legislation this January were defending grieving military families to cut the red tape and more easily begin receiving funds for the loss of their loved one in service. The very last was a pro-life advocacy bill where several prohibitions were sought from heart beat detection prohibiting abortion to no tax-payer funding to cover any part of abortion procedures and more.
“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.”, said Jones Office.
Jones definitely leaves a legacy of positive relationships to be admired by all with many of his constituents and fellow leaders.