Cooper among speakers at service for late Lt. Gov. Jordan

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper holds a press conference at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 30, 2017, to announce that he signed a HB142, a compromise replacement bill for HB2, that the N.C. General Assembly passed earlier in the day. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)

MOUNT GILEAD, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is among the scheduled speakers at a service remembering former Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan, who died earlier this week.

Wednesday’s service for Jordan was set at West Montgomery High School in Mount Gilead, where Jordan lived and the family’s lumber business stood. A private graveside service was to follow later in the day.

Jordan, who died Sunday at age 87, served as lieutenant governor from 1985 through 1988 after eight years as a state senator. The Democrat lost to Republican Gov. Jim Martin in the 1988 gubernatorial election.

Jordan, a North Carolina State University graduate, was known for his commitment to public education, the rural economy and the emerging biotechnology field. His time as lieutenant governor also focused on stronger daycare laws, affordable housing and land preservation, an obituary released from the funeral home organizing the service said.

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