A former district attorney who held that position for more than three decades has died.
Tarboro police say Howard Boney was found dead in his home Tuesday night.
Mayor Donald Morris says he learned of his friend's death this morning, calling a "complete shock."
"He was a great asset to the district attorney's office here, and he did a wonderful job," Morris told WITN.
Tarboro police Lt. Keith Hale says caregivers were checking on Boney at his home and found him dead. Police got the call around 7:45 p.m.
Hale says Boney had been sick and his death is not suspicious.
A biography online of Boney says the Tarboro native earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He took over as district attorney for Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson Counties in 1978. He served as the district attorney for more than thirty years, retiring in 2009.
Boney was a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Tarboro, according to Morris. Morris says Boney was 64 years old.