A first-term North Carolina legislator who died last weekend will be formally remembered within state government and at the church he attended for decades.
Gov. Pat McCrory has ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff Wednesday in honor of Rep. Jim Fulghum, who died at age 70 after a recent cancer diagnosis.
A memorial service for Fulghum at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh was also scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Fulghum was a retired brain surgeon from Raleigh who was elected to the House in 2012. He was the Republican nominee for a Wake County state Senate seat in November before his illness forced him to withdraw.
Fulghum focused on health issues during his short time in the House.
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State Rep. Jim Fulghum has died, weeks after announcing he was being treated for cancer.
Molly Fulghum Heintz says her father died at his Raleigh home on Saturday evening. He was 70 years old.
Heintz says her father was diagnosed in June with esophageal cancer. Earlier this month, he wrote the state and Wake County election boards to pull out of the election for the 15th Senate District seat, citing ongoing treatment.
Last week, Republican Party officials selected John M. Alexander Jr. to replace Fulghum in the race for the seat of Sen. Neal Hunt, who is retiring.
Heintz says funeral services will be held Wednesday at Edenton Street United Methodist in Raleigh. A visitation is planned for the evening before at the church, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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