Harold Edward Auman, 84, passed away February 13, 2023 following a brief hospital stay. He was born on May 22, 1938 to parents Virginia and Edward Auman in Randolph County, North Carolina. Being raised in the country, he liked to fish, hunt, and spend time in nature. During his military service, he was stationed in Texas, Georgia, and maneuvered in Germany. Upon his return, he combined his army fitness and passion for the outdoors to train as a wildlife law enforcement officer. He finished at the top of his class and worked as a game warden in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He spent the rest of his career in security for General Motors in Ohio before returning to North Carolina in 1995.
In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by his sister Laverne Williams, his brother Eugene Auman, and his brother-in-law Andy Hancock. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Sammye Jo Auman; son Jeffrey Auman and wife Jody of Marietta, OH; daughter Dr. Heidi Auman, husband Jason Chitwood and 3 grandchildren Tabitha, Mitchell and Hope of San Francisco, CA; sister Louise Hancock of Asheboro; brother Danny Auman and wife Debbie of Asheboro; brother-in-law Bobby Williams and sister-in-law Cleo Auman; many loving nieces and nephews.
Harold had a way of finding something in common with anyone he would meet, connecting with wit, intellect and sometimes a dose of his signature humor. Harold loved his children and grandkids and took every opportunity to playfully teach them the ways of country living (such as how to craft a good hiking stick, recognize a Barred Owl call, or protect yourself from Water Moccasins) and foster their interests in history and sports, especially supporting Cleveland teams. He valued education, observed Spirituality in nature, and was passionate about preserving nature-the environment for future generations.
Family and friends will gather at Pugh Funeral Home on Saturday, February 18 from 2:00pm-4:00pm, during which there will be informal opportunities to share memories of Harold for a few words of memorial from friends and family.