GASTONIA - Dr. Horace Mellard DuBose III, 83, passed away Dec. 14, 2011, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
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He was born in Winston-Salem, son of the late Horace Mellard DuBose II and Miriam Capp DuBose.
Dr. DuBose was a graduate of Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Law Degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He practiced law for over 30 years in Gaston County and additionally was licensed to prac-tice before the United States Supreme Court. Later in life, he attended Duke University and earned a Doctorate of Divinity. He served as Minister for several United Methodist Churches in the area including, McAdenville United Methodist Church, Salisbury United Methodist churches, Casar United Methodist Church, Martin Street United Methodist Church and as a retired pastor, he recently attended Christ United Methodist Church, Gastonia.
Dr. DuBose was a member and former president of the AM Optimist Club, former Lt. Governor of North Carolina Optimist
International, he was very active in Pop Warner Football where he served as National Commissioner. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign War in Gastonia, active in Alcoholic Anonymous organizations.
Dr. DuBose was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during World War II and a veteran of United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He retired after 26 years of service as a Full Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Dr. DuBose is survived by his wife, Evelyn Martin DuBose; two sons, Bill DuBose and wife Wanda of Lowell, Vaughn M. DuBose and wife Janet of Gar-land, Texas; four grandchildren, Erica Bryson of Lowell, Monty DuBose and wife Jamie of Gastonia, Deza Rae Arrington, William Sean DuBose of Gar-land, Texas; four great grandchildren, Jetta Bryson, Will Bryson, Adrian Wilkerson, Anson Arrington.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Christ United Methodist Church, 3415 Union Road, Gastonia, North Carolina with the Rev. Marti Hatch of-ficiating.
Interment with military honors by the United States Marine Corps will follow at Gaston Memorial Park.
Dr. DuBose was preceded in death by his parents; 1st wife of 34 years, Margaret Everett DuBose; brother, Leonard DuBose; sister, Emily Biggam.
Memorials may be made to United Methodist Men Child Care Scholarship Fund, c/o Christ United Methodist Church, 3415 Union Road, Gastonia, North Carolina 28056.
Online condolences may be made at: www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com.
Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia is serving the DuBose family.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 16, 2011