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William P. "Abe" Elmore

October 8, 1932 May 19, 2019
William P. "Abe" Elmore
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William Pernon "Abe" Elmore, 86, passed away on Sunday at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn. He was born in Sampson County on October 8, 1932 to the late Pernon Washington and Ramsey Core Elmore. 

After graduating from Dunn High School in 1951, he attended Wake Forest University. He worked his way through college by serving as the Head Equipment Manager for the football team. While at Wake Forest, Abe was the first non-athlete to be elected President of the Monogram Club. He graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration on May 31, 1955.

On Christmas Day of 1953, Abe married Jackie Campbell. They were blessed with four children, 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

After graduation from Wake Forest, Abe returned to Dunn and began his life-long career in the furniture business. For over 63 years, Abe has owned many businesses in Dunn. 

As U.S. Commissioner, Abe served from 1960 to 1971. He was an active member of the Harnett County Republican Party for over 60 years. Abe was serving his second term as a Harnett County Commissioner. 

Abe served in many organizations and spent countless hours supporting various charities. For his community and civic involvement, he was given the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1990. Abe served as Mayor of Dunn from 1971 to 1983. He served on the Governor's Economic Development Board under Governor Jim Martin from 1985-1993.  

Abe was a member of the Dunn Kiwanis Club with perfect attendance for 55 years. He was also an active member of the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce for over 60 years, holding many different positions including Chamber President. Abe was a Mason for 55 years and a member of the Dunn Shrine Club for over 50 years where he served as both a Trustee and Treasurer.  

He served as President of the Downtown Organization for Revitalization and spearheaded the campaign to raise money for the renovation of the Stewart Theater. He was currently serving as President of the Dunn Area Committee of 100, Inc. 

In 1990, he received the Charlie Taylor award from the N.C. Technological Development Authority. Abe was named Dunn's Man of the Year in 1966 and 2008. 

Abe was faithful in his service to the Baptist's Children’s Home. Where he served as Trustee for 43 years. Abe and Jackie Elmore were Charter Members at Westfield Baptist Church where they have been members since 1961. Abe served as both a Deacon and Treasurer at Westfield. 

As an avid Wake Forest fan, Abe chaired the Wake Forest Has-Beens Club for 36 years. He and Jackie loved attending football and basketball games over the years and have many special memories from their time together with their Wake Forest friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am Wednesday at the First Baptist Church by Dr. Len Keever, Rev. Dan Deaton, Dr. Michael C. Blackwell, and Rev. Tom Wagoner. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Abe is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Jackie Campbell Elmore along with their four children: Cathy Paschal (John), William Elmore (Edith), Carolyn Elmore and Laura Goodrich (William). Abe and Jackie had 10 grandchildren: Allyson Lee (Corey), Angela Standley (Jody), Billy Elmore, Rebecca Carter (Chris), Hannah Kimak (Justin), Tracey Rogers (Dustin), Lindsey Godwin (Douglas), Ashley Holloman (Nick), Daniel Elmore, Heather Goodrich (Ryan Hall) and 20 great-grandchildren: Cade, Cannon, Landry and Brooks Lee; Sam, Jack, Will, Luke and Ree Standley; Caleb, Ryan and Liam Elmore; Ila Cate, Hadley and Scarlett Carter; Grady and Winston Kimak; Savanna Rogers; Camden and Eliza Jane Holloman. Abe and Jackie are expecting their 21st great-grandchild in November. 

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm at Skinner & Smith Funeral Home.

Instead of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Baptist Children's Homes of NC, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 or to Dunn Emergency Services, Inc. P.O. Box 203, Dunn, NC 28335.

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