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GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (AP) — The daughter of the late Gov. Jim Holshouser says her father was committed to working with people of all political stripes because he wanted to get things done and make North Carolina the best place to live.

Ginny Holshouser Mills gave one of the two eulogies Friday at a memorial service at a Southern Pines church for the former governor, who died Monday at age 78.

Holshouser was the first Republican elected governor in North Carolina in the 20th century. He served from 1973 to 1977 and ushered in slowly an era of two-party politics after decades of dominance by Democrats.

Church pastor the Rev. Grady Perryman says Holshouser was a deeply committed Christian and that the only label that mattered to him was not “governor,” but “child of God.”

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