SHELBY- Mr. Harold Winston Causby of Shelby passed from this life into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Cleveland Regional Hospital in Shelby.
Harold was born the elder son of Forest Braxton Causby and Effie Wise Causby on Aug. 2, 1927, in Burke County. A graduate of Glen Alpine High School, he enlisted in the service of the U.S. Navy
. After his tour of duty, he studied at Wake Forest College in Wake Forest. Upon completion of his studies at Wake Forest, he began working as a furniture sales representative for Bassett Furniture. He took pride in his work and his family, encouraging them and supporting them in their own ventures. A long-time member of First Baptist Church Shelby, he was recognized as Layman of the Year by the North Carolina Baptist Men in 1982. He served on the Board of Advisors at Gardner-Webb University and as a Trustee at Mars Hill College. His zest for life and passion for the Lord spurred in him a generous spirit, touching the lives of many he came in contact with as he supported ministries all over the world.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his devoted wife of 56 years, Mary Lucinda Hamrick Causby.
He is survived by his loving wife, Polly Abernethy Willis Causby; his sons, David and wife Rebecca of Shelby, Robert of Charleston, S.C., and a former exchange student from Brazil whom he thought of as a son, Harold Pinto and wife Regina of Nashville, Tenn.; as well as his children by marriage, Bryan Willis and wife Natalie of Boone, and Jan Willis Harris and husband Mark of Rutherfordton.
He is also survived by a host of grandchildren: Lucinda Causby MacArthur and husband Noel of Shelby; Kate Causby Carter and husband Jeff of Valdese; Stephen Causby of Atlanta, Ga.; Keeley Causby Bruner and husband Jason of Princeton, N.J.; Forrest Causby and wife Corinne of Winston-Salem; Gordon Causby and wife Tien-Hui of Chengdu, China; Ana Pinto Monnaco and husband Carlos of Nashville, Tenn.; Leticia Pinto Workman and husband Drew of Nashville, Tenn.; Kelsey Willis Helmick and husband Casey of Boone; Elliott Willis of Boone; Alex Harris of New York, N.Y.; and Lucas Harris of Rutherfordton.
He also was the proud great-grandfather of six great-grandchildren: Allie MacArthur of Shelby, Shepherd, Colette and Ephraim Causby of Winston-Salem, Olivia Carter of Valdese, and Carolina Monnaco of Nashville, Tenn.
His brother, Nelson Causby and wife Margaret, also survive; as well as his loving niece, Nelsonya Causby and husband Jack Moorhead, and their daughters Avery and Brooke.
Visitation: The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Memorial Service: 3 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Shelby
Memorials: The family requests that memorials be sent to Hawaii Baptist Academy, 420 Wyllie Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 or to North Carolina Baptist Men, P.O. Box 1107, Cary, N.C. 27512