BURLINGTON - Mr. William Howard Caviness, 88, of Burlington went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 16, 2013.
Mr. Caviness was the husband of the late Betty Williams Caviness for 65 years. He was the son of the late William Henry Caviness and Mamie Oliver Caviness, and was born in Central Falls, N.C. He was raised in the mill village of Bellemont, Alamance County, and was a lifelong member of Bellemont United Methodist Church.
As a young boy he delivered the Daily Times-News to the residents of the Bellemont community for five years. He attended E. M. Holt School, and at the age of 18, joined the U. S. Navy in early 1943. He was assigned to the Armed Guard of the U.S. Navy
, a branch of the service which placed sailors aboard U.S. merchant ships. From 1943-1946, he served aboard six merchant ships, primarily tankers, manning anti-aircraft guns. After World War II, upon his return to Alamance County, Bill knitted full fashion hosiery. In the mid-1950's, he joined Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent, eventually retiring after 33 year's service. In retirement he continued to serve with great pride as the head of his beloved family, often tutoring his family members on the virtues of honesty, integrity, and caring for others.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandy Sopher (Sam) of Charlotte; Janis Carter of Burlington; and Pat Mallas (Chuck) of Charlotte; a son, Steve Caviness (Betsy) of Germantown, Tenn.; grandchildren, Mary Leah Caviness, Carrie Caviness Niolet (Paul), Will Caviness, Elizabeth Mallas, Stacie Mallas, Jay Mallas, Christina Faulkner (Donnie), Maegan Giler (Jimmy) and Luke Sopher; great-grandchildren, Averie, Becca, and Louis Niolet, Nicky Giler, and Kylie Faulkner.
He was preceded in death by his sisters Rebecca C. White, Donna C. Hinshaw, Mary C. Kimrey, Alma C. Huffman, Alta C. York, and brothers Tommy R. Caviness, Kirby Caviness, James Caviness, and Fred Stutts.
The funeral service will be conducted at the Rich and Thompson Chapel in Burlington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Farron Duncan with the family receiving friends from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Alamance Memorial Park. At other times they will be at the residence.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bellemont United Methodist Church, 4039 Markwood Drive, Burlington, N.C. 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.