BURLINGTON - Mr. Carroll Adam Stearns Jr., 90, died peacefully at the Hospice Home of Alamance-Caswell on Thursday morning, May 16, 2013.
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He was born Aug. 18, 1922 in Statesville, N.C. to Carroll and Elma Stearns, both deceased.
Carroll was a World War II pilot, whose P51 Mustang was shot down and crash landed in Holland on May 30, 1944. He remained in hiding from German soldiers for 10 months before making it back to his base in England.
Carroll began his career in the automobile business in 1951 and became a Ford franchise dealer in 1961 at County Ford in Graham, N.C. He later became the dealer at Stearns Ford, Stearns Chrysler Jeep and Stearns Chevrolet.
In 2002, he was presented the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the North Carolina New Car Dealer Association for his achievements and contributions to the automobile industry. He was a member of Front Street United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Norma Cheek Stearns; sons, Carroll III and wife Janet, Dale and wife Ann and Stephen and fiancé Nita; daughter-in-law, Suzie Stearns; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Carroll was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Watson and Ben; sister, Elma; and son, Jeffrey Beechum Stearns.
The funeral service will be conducted at Front Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Marshall Old. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Loaves and Fishes, 509 South Lexington Avenue, Burlington, NC 27215 or to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com
Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service
306 Glenwood Ave.
Burlington, NC 27215
Published in TheTimesNews.com from May 16 to May 17, 2013