RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mourners who gathered to remember former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms on Tuesday celebrated both sides of his conflicting persona: the cantankerous conservative who reveled in political confrontation and the Southern gentleman who would do anything to lend a hand.

Vice President Dick Cheney attended Helms' funeral along with a cadre of sitting senators, including some Democrats who spent years trying to keep Helms in check.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke from the pulpit, recalling how Helms enjoyed frustrating rival lawmakers by using congressional rules at times to wreak havoc when he was displeased. Helms died on the Fourth of July.