- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The funeral for the father of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper was held over the weekend.

Roy Cooper Jr. died Friday at his Nash County home at age 87. Attorney general spokeswoman Julia White said the elder Cooper had been diagnosed with dementia, which led to failing health.

The attorney general’s father was a lawyer who helped lead a firm in Rocky Mount and Nashville and where his two sons once worked as well. He also previously worked as a local prosecutor and deputy Superior Court clerk.

Roy Cooper Jr. wrote a book late in life about his childhood. He was preceded in death last year by his wife of 61 years, Beverly.

The attorney general has served since 2001 and is planning for a 2016 run for governor.

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