Funeral Arrangements Set For Representative William Wainwright

Flags being flown at half-staff in our state will stay that way through Saturday, when a local state representative will be laid to rest.

Representative William Wainwright of Craven County died Tuesday evening at the age of 64. He served 20 years in the State House. His funeral is planned for Saturday at noon at Grover C. Fields Middle School in New Bern.

There is a visitation from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at St. Peter's Ame Zion Church on Queen Street.

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An 11-term lawmaker representing Craven and Lenoir counties in the North Carolina House who served for four years as the No. 2 leader of the chamber has died.

A caretaker for state Rep. William Wainwright of Craven County said he died just before 6 p.m. Tuesday at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern. Sheila Godette says Wainwright had medical issues arise in the past two or three months, including heart problems.

The 64-year-old Wainwright first joined the Legislature in 1991 and was elected House speaker pro tempore in 2007. He served in the post for four years and was known as a close ally of Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, who is also from Craven County.

Wainwright was most recently deputy minority leader. House Minority Leader Joe Hackney called Wainwright a talented negotiator and a friend.

Democrats will now have to nominate another candidate for his district 12 seat. Republican challenger Jim Dandy says he's suspending his campaign for 10 days to honor Wainwright's service to the state.

"The Dancy family would like to extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Rep. Wainwright," Dandy said in a statement. "He was a dedicaterd public servant and will be missed."

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