RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Mourners have gathered at a North Carolina
church to view the body of former Senator Jesse Helms, who died on
the Fourth of July.
The longtime conservative leader lay Monday in the sanctuary of
Hayes-Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh, where he worshipped for
A funeral is planned at the church for 2 p.m. on Tuesday,
followed by a private burial.
Helms was elected to the Senate in 1972 and rose to become a
powerful committee chairman who often forced Democrats into voting
on polarizing social issues like school busing, flag burning and
federal funding for the arts.
Helms did not seek re-election in 2002 and died in a
convalescent home after years of declining health.