State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, a mainstay in the Democratic Party and longtime representative of Buncombe County, died Thursday after battling stomach cancer. He was 67 years old. As the news spread, so did remembrances, photos, thoughts and reactions — from across the political spectrum.

According to information released Monday from Buncombe County government, the funeral procession for Martin Nesbitt will depart Biltmore Baptist Church, in Asheville, at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, following the funeral service. The procession is private and will be marked for family and invited guests. Traffic delays are expected along the procession route between 3 and 4 p.m. Persons traveling in the area should consider alternate routes. The procession will depart Biltmore Baptist Church via Clayton Road to Brevard Road to Interstate 26 West. The procession will continue along I-26 West to Interstate 40 East to US 74-A to Cane Creek Road. Members of the public who wish to show their support may gather along the procession route. Those wishing to show their support are encouraged to gather along Highway 74-A in a safe location out of the flow of traffic.

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