SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) — Family, friends and politicians of the past four decades are gathering to say goodbye to former North Carolina Gov. Jim Holshouser.
A memorial service was scheduled for Friday afternoon at the Presbyterian church which Holshouser attended in Southern Pines.
Holshouser died Monday at age 78. He was the first Republican elected governor in North Carolina in the 20th century. He served one term from 1973 to 1977 and ushered in slowly an era of two-party politics after decades of dominance by Democrats.
Current GOP Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to attend the service, where the church's minister and Holshouser's daughter are expected to speak.
Holshouser is a Boone native who won statewide election the same year the late Jesse Helms was elected to the Senate.