FARMVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - During his tenure on Capital Hill, Congressman Walter Jones never forgot his roots.
The District Three Representative continued to live in his hometown of Farmville, raising his own family, while he served the region and our country.
Farmville's gloomy weather on Monday was fitting for the sentiment in the town. The town's flags were lowered to half staff. Daffodils drooped with rain drops and seemed to be grieving alongside the community.
Jones died Sunday on his birthday at 76 years old. He served in his role as congressman for 24 years, but never forgot where he came from.
"He was born and raised here, and even though we are a small town he called it home," Farmville Mayor Robert Evans said.
The mayor and the congressman both attended Farmville High School and although Evans is a few years older, he remembers Jones' skill out on the court.
"He played some basketball, and was a right fair basketball player," Evans said.
Even after Jones followed his father's footsteps and was elected U.S. House Representative, he was always accessible to the people in his community.
"You could talk to him about anything whether you liked what he did or didn't like what he did but you could talk to him," Evans said.
Much like the rain, the sadness of losing Jones will eventually clear and citizens say hopefully a new light and leader to shine on the community.
The congressman's body will lie in repose at St. Peter Catholic Church in Greenville from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Jones' funeral mass will be at the church on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. A private burial will follow.