Tim Valentine

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Tim Valentine
Tim Valentine.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Lawrence H. Fountain
Succeeded by David Funderburk
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
1955–1960
Personal details
Born Itimous Thaddeus Valentine, Jr.
(1926-03-15)March 15, 1926
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.
Died November 10, 2015(2015-11-10) (aged 89)
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Profession Lawyer

Itimous Thaddeus "Tim" Valentine, Jr. (March 15, 1926 – November 10, 2015) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina from 1983 to 1995.

Early life[edit]

Valentine was born on March 15, 1926 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and attended public schools. His father, also named Itimous and known by that name (he was one of several brothers with unusual names of unknown origin), was a State Supreme Court justice. His mother, the former Hazel Armstrong, was a postmistress.

During World War II he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps (now the United States Air Force) and served on active duty from 1944 to 1946.

He graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina in 1948, and graduated from the law school of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1952, being admitted to the North Carolina bar that same year. He practiced law with a firm bearing his family name in Nashville.

Political career[edit]

Valentine served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1955 to 1960. Thereafter, he was an advisor and counsel to Governor Dan K. Moore and later chaired the executive committee of the North Carolina Democratic Party (1966–1968). He was a delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In 1982 he was elected to Congress from North Carolina's 2nd congressional district and served six terms in the House of Representatives. He did not stand for re-election in 1994 and retired from elected office when his term expired in January 1995. A portion of U.S. 64 near Nashville is named for him in recognition of his public service.

Personal life[edit]

Valentine was survived by Barbara Reynolds, four children from his first marriage to Betsy (Stephen, Mark, Philip and Beth Dollar); three stepchildren, Mark C. Berry, Vaughn Berry-Daniel and Bryan E. Berry; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandson.

Valentine died at his home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on November 10, 2015 from heart failure at the age of 89.[1] His death came one week after the death of a Republican former colleague, Howard Coble of North Carolina's 6th congressional district.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lawrence H. Fountain
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 2nd congressional district

1983–1995
Succeeded by
David Funderburk