Wallace Hyde, a major fundraiser for Democratic candidates, died in Raleigh on Tuesday.

He was 89.

Wallace was a big-wig in the North Carolina Democratic Party, serving as the party’s executive director and backed the gubernatorial campaigns of Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt.

He earned his fame as a prominent businessman in the insurance business in Asheville and he put that experience and money to good use for Democratic candidates.

He backed Jimmy Carter for his presidential run in 1976 and threw a fundraiser for the future president on the lawn of the Biltmore Estate.

Hyde suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 20 years, the Democratic Party said in a statement.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jeanette Wallace Hyde, and two children, Barbara White and Charles Hyde, who lives in Asheville.