GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Former U.S. Congressman Howard Coble died late Tuesday night, Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said Wednesday.
Barnes confirmed to WXII that Coble passed away around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Coble died after being in the hospital for an extended amount of time following several health problems, including skin cancer, according to Ray Coble Jr., Coble’s nephew.
“The family wishes to thank Dr. Ali Hajazi and the staff of the Select Specialty Hospital in Greensboro. The community will be notified of funeral arrangements when complete,” Coble Jr. said in a statement.
Coble was a Republican and represented District 6, which includes portions of Greensboro and Durham, for 30 years. He retired in 2014 due to health issues.
Coble was born in 1931 in Greensboro.
He attended Appalachian State University for one year prior to transferring to Guilford College in Greensboro, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1958, according to Coble’s Facebook page.
Coble attended the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1962.
Coble had a long political and military career, including nearly 30 years in the Coast Guard. He was an assistant federal prosecutor, state revenue secretary under Gov. Jim Holshouser and state House member before his initial 1984 congressional victory.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.