Funeral Held For Former Craven, Pamlico Lawmaker

A former North Carolina legislator who died was perhaps best known at the General Assembly for proposing to his future wife from the House floor.

Covenant Funeral Service in Fredericksburg, Va., on Monday confirmed funeral services took place over the weekend for Michael Gorman, who died Dec. 2 at age 62. An online obituary said Gorman died after a long fight against a rare blood disorder.

Gorman was a Republican elected to the House in 2002 representing Craven and Pamlico counties. Gorman proposed to legislative employee Debbie Pons as she sat in the House gallery in July 2003. She was among Gorman's survivors.

Gorman lost a 2004 primary and later moved to Virginia.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander.

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