William Lawrence "Bill" Pendergraph, 87, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home following several months of declining health.
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Bill was born in Alamance County to Curtis Paul Pendergraph and Penie Moon Pendergraph. He graduated from Alexander Wilson School in 1943 and UNC-Chapel Hill in 1946 where he also completed graduate work in accounting and finance. Earning his CPA in 1951, Bill was employed by Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. from 1950-1957. For the next 40 years, he performed public and private accounting and data processing in the Greensboro area. He served two years active duty in the US Navy during World War II. He was later appointed Assistant Paymaster in the US Naval Reserves from which he was honorably discharged in 1958 at the rank of LTJG.
His wife of 56 years, Mary Catherine Hodgin Pendergraph, preceded him in death in January 2012. Bill is survived by their two daughters, Ann Stoioff (Scott) of Burlington and Leigh Smith (David) of Winston-Salem; six grandchildren of whom he was very proud, Elizabeth Stoioff, Sarah Smith Binion (Thomas), William Smith, Brooks Stoioff, Benjamin Smith, and Alexander Smith; three sisters, Margaret Jordan of Farmville, Va., Ina Ewan of Coral Springs, Fla., Sallie Glisson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one brother, Scott Pendergraph of Greensboro; sister-in-law, Geraldine Pendergraph of Graham; seven nieces and two nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Eckles "Red" Pendergraph and one nephew.
Many will remember Bill for his flower and vegetable gardening. Recalling his good times spent in gardens, the family will welcome friends on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bicentennial Garden, 1105 Hobbs Road, Greensboro. From the main entrance, follow the paved path a short distance to the left.
The family appreciates the care Bill received from the Assisted Living Staff at Heritage Woods in Winston-Salem. The family is grateful for everyone at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home who provided compassion, kindness and comfort during his last days.
If you would like to remember Bill, memorials may be made to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103; or, to his beloved alma mater, UNC-CH Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 309, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Sept. 23 to Sept. 24, 2013