WALNUT COVE William "Bill" Oliver Mabe Sept. 1, 1931 - Jan. 13, 2013 William "Bill" Oliver Mabe, 81, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday afternoon, January 13, 2013 at his home.
Known as "Bill", he was born September 1, 1931 in Stokes County to Grady and Katherine Stone Mabe.
Bill was a 1951 graduate of Walkertown High School and retired from R.J. Reynolds as chief mechanic with 33 years of service. On June 26, 1953, Bill married the love of his life, Mildred Hartsoe. Bill loved restoring Model T and Model A antique cars. He was a faithful member of Walnut Cove Primitive Baptist Church where he was on the board of elders and also lead the music. He also attended Fulp Moravian Church. Fulfilling his desire, an 11:00 a.m., graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Garden of Memory in Walkertown with Elder Milton Gunter and Rev Dan Nelson officiating.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Robert Mabe.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mildred Hartsoe Mabe of the home; a daughter, Cathy Susan Mabe of Walnut Cove; two granddaughters, Christina Craddock Queen of Walnut Cove and Lori Lynch and husband Joey of King; three sisters, Dorothy Ball and Peggy Isley and husband Jerry of Kernersville and Diane Boles and husband Harry of Walkertown; two brothers, Glen Mabe and wife Judy of Winston-Salem and Grady Wayne Mabe and wife Brenda of Walkertown; extended family, Gene Reid, Danny and Sheree Thomas of Walnut Cove, Jeff and Mary Alice Vanhoy of Maryland and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
In honoring Bill's wishes, the family will receive friends at the home with no formal visitation held at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Fulp Moravian Church, 1556 US 311 Hwy., Walnut Cove, NC 27052. Online condolences may be offered at www. burroughsfuneralhome.com Burroughs Funeral Home in Walnut Cove is serving the Mabe family.
Published in Winston-Salem Journal on January 15, 2013