The Guilford County Board of Commissioners took its final step Thursday night to name part of I-85 after late Congressman Howard Coble.
"I felt that he had done his due diligence for the community, the state of North Carolina and our country," explains Commissioner Alan Branson.
Branson pushed to name the stretch of the interstate shortly after Coble's passing last November. The named stretch would run on I-85 from Replacements Limited to Alamance Church Road, the area where the late congressman grew up.
"I've known him all my life growing up in southeast Guilford County," Branson remembers. "I would see him a lot at church functions and dinners. This particular time if year he always loved persimmon pudding."
When you think of Howard Coble a lot comes to mind. His snazzy style. His kindness. His accomplishments and dedication. He's the longest serving republican representative from North Carolina, spending 3 decades in Congress.
"He worked across party lines, worked with a lot of individuals," says Branson. "Helped folks from all walks of life to the rich to the poor."
But for Howard the Humble, as one of his staffers called him, he might have responded to this recognition a little differently.
Branson says he would likely say the honor isn't necessary.
But to the public, it's a well-deserved tribute to someone who's Served us for decades. Much like our interstate roads are meant to do.
The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to submit the application to name part of interstate to the Department of Transportation.
From there, the DOT will review it and make a decision before the end of the year.
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