It is with great regret and sorrow
that I must inform you of the death of our classmate, Sonny DuBose, on December
28, 2011 in Tarboro, North Carolina. He is survived by his daughter, Sabre
Simone; his sons, Jon and Chris; and five grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at New
Zion Methodist Church, 7169 Salem Road, New Zion, South Carolina 29111 on
Saturday December 31, 2011 at 10:30 am. Visitation will follow immediately in
the Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.
Well done, Sonny. Be thou at peace.
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William H. "Sonny" DuBose
William H.”Sonny” DuBose, a ninth generation South Carolinian, former football
player for the Pittsburg Steelers and author of “The Road to Brown” died on
Wednesday in Tarboro, NC. He was 72.
DuBose, who resided in Tarboro, had been in declining health for several years,
his son Jon DuBose, M.D. said. Sonny DuBose was raised in rural, South
Carolina and graduated from Berkeley High School. He was elected Governor of the
Palmetto Boys State in 1956 and attended the United States Military Academy for
one year until an athletic injury disqualified him from military service. He
transferred to Presbyterian College, and in spite of his injury, played college
football as a linebacker from 1959-1962. An active team member for Presbyterian
College, he participated in the 1960 Tangerine Bowl. He graduated from
Presbyterian College with Honors and was offered a position with the Pittsburg
Steelers and remained at the professional level for the next two years.
Sonny DuBose returned to
South Carolina and became involved in the real estate market then developing in
Irmo and Hilton Head Island. Elected councilman for Lexington County, he
understood the needs of the local electorate for improved infrastructure and
schools in the community. Sonny DuBose opted to become involved in public
service work in 1999, joining the staff of the South Carolina Department of
Energy. His efforts led to being recognized with a Joint Resolution by the South
Carolina House and Senate in April 2001 for efforts to convert landfill gas to
reusable energy. He retired in 2008 due to medical illness. Sonny DuBose was
born on August 2, 1939, in Sumter, SC, one of 2 children. His father, H.C.
“Harold”, was a farmer.
In addition to his
daughter Sabre Simone, an architect, DuBose is survived by his sons: Jon, a
physician for Vidant Health and an active member of the North Carolina National
Guard who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and Chris, a nuclear power plant
operator with Progress Energy. He has five grandchildren (Ashby, Abbey, Lauryn,
Hannah, and Cade). Joan DuBose, his wife of thirty five years resides in
Farmville, North Carolina.
Graveside services will be held at New Zion Methodist Church 7169 Salem Road,
New Zion, South Carolina 29111 on Saturday December 31st, 2011 at 10:30 am.
Visitation will follow immediately in the Church fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or
charity of your choice.
Wounded Warrior Project
PO Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675-8517
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