MOUNT HOLLY - William Hoke "Bill" Page died Jan. 23, 2013, at 12:50 p.m.
Born Aug. 25, 1922, in Lincolnton, Bill was the youngest and last surviving of nine children to parents Harry Page and Addie Hoover Page.
He moved to Kings Mountain in 1939 and graduated from Kings Mountain High School, Class of 1941. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army
in December of 1942 where he served during WWII
in the China/Burma/India Theater of Operations as a Cryptographic Technician with the Signal Corps, being Honorably Discharged in January 1946 as a Technician 3rd Grade. On July 30, 1949, Bill married Audrey Doris May of Greenville, and attended East Carolina College (now ECU) from November, 1955 until graduation in November, 1958 with a B.S. Degree in Business Education and was a member of the Beta Kappa Chapter, Pi Omega Pi National Honorary Business Education Fraternity. After graduating, Bill was hired by the Business Develop-ment Corp. of NC in Raleigh where he advanced from Loan Examiner in 1958 to Vice President and Secretary in 1980. During this time, he achieved many other accomplishments including induction as a Master Mason into the William G. Hill Lodge, AF&AM in 1969, induction into the Optimist Club of Raleigh, and earning his NC Real Estate Broker's license in October 1973. Bill and Audrey founded and successfully ran Professional Mono-gramming Co. in Raleigh, NC where they worked until retirement in 1993 and moved to Mt. Holly, NC; he has resided at Morningside Assisted Living in Gastonia for the past several years. Bill recently participated in the esteemed Rotary "Flight of Honor" for WWII Veterans in 2009. Bill was a member of First United Methodist Church in Raleigh and more recently, First United Methodist Church in Mount Holly.
Bill is survived by Audrey May Page, loving wife of 63 years, daughter Clara "Meg" Page Farmer and husband Gregory Scott Farmer along with grandsons William and Mason of Gastonia, and son, William "Hoke" Page Jr. and wife Anne Funai Page, along with granddaughter Ana of Morehead City.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Mount Holly, 140 North Main St., Mount Holly, NC 28120.
Visitation and reception will be immediately after the service in the fellowship hall.
Interment will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenville, N.C. at a date not yet determined.
In lieu of flowers, please remember Gaston Hospice P.O. Box 3984 258 E. Garrison Blvd. Gastonia, NC 28054.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly is serving the family.