Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday ordered all the North Carolina flags on state buildings flown at half-staff in honor of former Sen. Jean Preston, who died on Thursday from complications due to a fall.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jean Preston,” McCrory is quoted as saying in a statement released by the state Department of Administration.
“She and I became very good friends over the years, and I will miss her.”
Preston, 77, served seven terms in the state House and three in the Senate before she retired last year. She represented Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties.
A funeral service for her will be held Monday.