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Sterling Webster III


1941 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Sterling Webster III Obituary
Sterling Webster III

Kill Devil Hills - Sterling Fountain Webster III, 72, of Kill Devil Hills passed quietly on June 28, 2014 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. Born in Winston Salem, NC on July 1, 1941, he was the son of the late Irene Bourne and Sterling Fountain Webster II. He is also predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Irene Webster Frye.

Mr. Webster is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Jane Gillespie Webster; two sons, Kevin Scott Webster, and Sterling Fountain Webster IV; one granddaughter, Madison Katherine Webster; and one grandson, Sterling Jackson Webster. He is also survived by a wonderful family of many cousins, nieces, nephews and was "Uncle Tuddy" to his grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sterling was a member of the last class to graduate from the original Madison High School in 1959, in Madison, NC. He rose to the rank of Eagle Scout. While in the Army, he served his three years in Europe. He was a 1966 graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. His first employment was with Cameron Brown Mortgage Company where he was promoted to manager of the entire residential division. Later he and his brother started Webster Building in Virginia Beach, VA. He eventually joined partnerships to begin developing land for residential subdivisions and hotels in the Tidewater area.

Sterling and Jane moved to lower Currituck county in 1992 and then to their beloved Outer Banks in 1996, but not to retire. He opened the Ramada Plaza Hotel in August 1985, and the Hilton Garden Inn in May 2006.

Sterling loved his state of North Carolina, and some of his state endeavors include Chairman of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association and serving on the board of the Roanoke Island Commission for eleven years. He was appointed Board Chairman of that commission for the last two years of his tenure.

Always interested in what could be done to promote Eastern North Carolina, he served as treasurer for the Albemarle-Pamlico Economic Development Corporation.

His favorite spot on earth was Dare County. Some of his local involvements included Outer Banks Community Foundation board member, Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman, three terms on the Dare County Tourism Board and was chair of that board in 2011. He was a member of the founding board of the YMCA, and president of the Outer Banks Hotel-Motel Association.

He was sensitive to a myriad of needs and causes and was always willing to contribute in any way he could. After Hurricane Irene he was instrumental in gathering funds for relief. These efforts by him and colleagues morphed into what is now known as The Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

He was the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2000.

On a national level, he was one of eight members of the Owners Advisory Council for Hilton Garden Inn Hotels.

Basically, Sterling enjoyed participating in worthy causes. He was extremely gregarious and truly enjoyed meeting and talking with people.

He was especially fond of working with his senior staff in both hotels. Always telling them to "keep on keeping on" and "take the high road."

For him it will always be "A Beautiful Day on The Outer Banks."

A memorial service will be held at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, 907 S. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM. A reception will follow the service in the ballroom of the Ramada Plaza Hotel from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted by the Outer Banks Community Foundation Webster Family Fund, 13 Skyline Dr., Southern Shores, NC 27949.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 3, 2014
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