KANNAPOLIS — Brice James Willeford Jr., 78, died Saturday (April 23, 2005) at NorthEast Medical Center, Concord after a period of declining health. Born March 27, 1927, in Cabarrus County, he was son of the late Lucy Stough Willeford and Brice J. Willeford. A lifelong resident of Cabarrus County, Willeford had his own law office on South Main Street from 1983 to 2005. He was a former partner of Williams, Willeford, Boger, Grady, Davis & Tuttle. He belonged to the Cabarrus County Bar Association, 19th Judicial District Bar, N.C. State Bar, N.C. Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Judicature Society. Mr. Willeford served as attorney for the Kannapolis Board of Education for more than 35 years. He also was a former solicitor of the Cabarrus County Court and an assistant district attorney. He graduated from J.W. Cannon School, attended The Citadel, was a 1949 graduate of Duke University, a 1952 graduate of the Duke University School of Law and was admitted to the N.C. State Bar in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with overseas duty in Italy. Mr. Willeford belonged to Trinity United Methodist Church of Kannapolis, where he served for many years as a Sunday School teacher and on the official board of the church. He also belonged to the Kannapolis Rotary Club, the Beaver-Pittman Post of the American Legion, the Cabarrus County Agriculture Fair Board of Directors and the N.C. State Bar Candidate Committee. Mr. Willeford held the Silver Beaver Award from the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also was past chairman of the Cabarrus County District of Boy Scouts and held key positions with the Central N.C. Council. He held board positions or was a member of the Cabarrus Chapter of the American Red Cross, Kannapolis Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Cabarrus United Way. His wife was the late Catherine Proctor Willeford, who died in March 1995. Survivors include a son, Brice J. Willeford III, Harrisburg a daughter, Catherine W. Powell, Mooresville and four grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Trinity United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Sarah Weaver. Burial, Oakwood Cemetery, Concord. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. today, Whitley’s Funeral Home. Memorials: Community Free Clinic, 528 Lake Concord Road NE, Concord, NC 28025, or Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E. First St., Kannapolis, NC 28083.
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