William “Bill” Henry Mollman
Cherished husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, friend, teacher and musician passed peacefully before sunrise on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 surrounded by his devoted family. He is survived by his wife, Wilma Stout Mollman; daughter, LuAnne Mollman Simpson (Larry) of Thomasville; granddaughter, Amanda Scampini (Ricky); great granddaughter, Norma Ila Scampini; sisters, Becky Everette (Mike) and Terri Blackwell (John).
Born February 14, 1945 in Oakland, California to Ila Ruth Bruton Mollman and William Lewis Mollman. His father was in the Navy during WWII and although not present at his birth Ruth loved to tell the story that she received her best valentine when he was born. His family moved across country to Asheboro, NC by train when he was just a few months old. He met Wilma in 1963 at West Bend Methodist Church. Bill and Wilma have been married for 57 ½ years.
Bill became interested in music at an early age and joined the music program in sixth grade, progressing through the program as part of the Asheboro High School Band. He received music honors throughout his high school career, playing his bass and tuba in the high school drama productions and events. He was a member of the Asheboro High School Marching Band, Jazz Band, the Concert Band, Chapel Band, Dance Band and participated in the annual North Carolina All State Band and North Central All-District Band. The highlight of each year for the Concert Band, under the direction of Joe Fields, was always the NC State Contest Festival, where they received superior ratings for many years and accompanied the chorus. The friendships he forged during those years, are friendships he still held dear today.
He attended and later taught at Randolph Technical Institute (now Randolph Community College (RCC)) and worked at Union Carbide (later known as Eveready) as a machine designer for 39 years.
He shared his love of music not only with his family but others by teaching banjo and guitar for many years. He played upright bass with the Bluegrass Gentleman for a few years and played at The Grand Ole Opry in 1973. He also played with the Green Valley Ramblers and other bluegrass and folk bands. His service to the broader community included playing in the Randolph Jazz Band and Back Creek Dixie Band.
He was a dedicated father and grandfather who never missed a band concert, parade, football game or soccer match.
Memorials may be made to the Asheboro High School Band, 1221 S. Park Street, Asheboro, NC Attn: Phil Holmiller for a scholarship that will be given in his name.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 12:00-5:00 pm at Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at First United Methodist Church, 224 North Fayetteville Street in Asheboro with Rev. Lynda Ferguson and Rev. Edward Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at the West Bend United Methodist Church Cemetery. Masks are required at the visitation and at the funeral service.
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