HICKORY – William Hawksley Barbee, age 78, of Hickory, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Mr. Barbee was born July 17, 1938 in Buncombe County to the late William P. and Velma Penland Barbee. He was a descendant of George Penland, who was one of the earliest settlers in the Beech Community. Mr. Barbee was a 1956 graduate of North Buncombe High School and member of the 1955 basketball championship team. He was inducted into the NBHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. In 1960 he graduated from Wofford College. He was a member of the championship team that same year which was NAIA District 26 Champion-National Quarter Finalist. Mr. Barbee was a math professor for 40 years, with Mercer University from 1963 until 1970 and at Elon University from 1970 until 2003. Surviving are his wife of 54 years Susan McDevitt Barbee; daughter, Beth Camacho and husband Tom of Swannanoa; sons, Bert Barbee of Greensboro, and John T. Barbee of Hickory; sister, Frankie Presley and husband Richard; brother, Tom Barbee and wife Elizabeth all of Weaverville; grandchildren, Caleb Camacho and wife Andrea, Danial Camacho, Caryn and Rebecca Camacho, Brad and Bryan Barbee; great grandson, Aran Camacho; niece, Brooke Baldwin and husband Ryan. His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 in the Chapel of West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, with Reverend Tom Camacho officiating. Private burial will be in Vance Cemetery. The family will greet friends following the service at the funeral home. Those desiring to make memorial contributions are encouraged to consider Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 or Vance Cemetery Fund, c/o Tom Barbee, 2 Blackberry Inn Rd., Weaverville, NC 28787. For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Barbee's obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com .
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