ARDEN, N.C. (AP) - Two North Carolina governors and dozens of legislators from both parties joined several hundred mourners to pay their last respects to veteran General Assembly member Martin Nesbitt.
Gov. Pat McCrory and former Gov. Beverly Perdue also attended Nesbitt's funeral Tuesday at a Buncombe County church. Former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker and current Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue delivered eulogies.
A funeral procession following the service gave roadside residents the chance to honor the Asheville Democrat for a legislative career which started in 1979. He was Senate majority leader and a top budget writer in the House. Nesbitt relinquished the Senate minority leader's post just before he died last Thursday at age 67 following a recent cancer diagnosis.
Nesbitt was the primary voice in the Senate opposing the legislature's Republican-dominated agenda.
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