WASHINGTON — North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, a conservative lawmaker turned anti-war advocate, died Sunday at age 76 after a series of serious health issues in recent months.

Jones’ congressional website confirmed his passing.

“Congressman Jones was a man of the people,” the statement said. "With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice.

"Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity. He was never afraid to take a principled stand. He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum. Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right.

“He will be sorely missed.”

Jones served for four years in the North Carolina National Guard and had been a prominent member of the House’s military committees during his 12 terms in Congress. He had been absent from Capitol Hill in recent months because of undisclosed illnesses, and entered hospice care on Jan. 14 after breaking his hip.

He had long been a vocal advocate on a host of service member and military family issues.