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Howard Coble Remembered in Style

Coble's former colleagues paid tribute to him Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., was sporting a colorful bow tie as he walked through the Speaker's Lobby Wednesday afternoon; a tribute to former Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., who died Tuesday night at the age of 84.  

Walker succeeded Coble, who retired in 2014, in Congress. Coble was known around Capitol Hill for his madras jackets, which involved multi-colored plaid patterns, and Walker's bow tie reflected that signature style. "He's like everybody's grandfather, was like everybody's grandpa back home," Walker told HOH. "He knew every high school mascot, probably in the state. And when it comes to likability, I don't know that anybody can out-surpass him."  

Coble did give Walker some advice about serving in Congress, and even escorted the freshman lawmaker  to the Capitol Hill Hotel for new member orientation one year ago.  

"Yeah, in fact we were on the same flight out and he said, 'Mark, in Washington, there's work horses and show horses,'" Walker said of traveling to Washington with Coble last year. "And I won't forget that, as far as him trying to convey to me the responsibility to get up here, work hard not only in Washington, but back in the district."  

Walker was wearing a different tie as he honored Coble on the House floor Wednesday morning, flanked by Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., and his fellow North Carolina Republicans Virginia Foxx, David Rouzer and Richard Hudson, who sported his own madras blazer.