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William H. DuBose

Company D-1

2 Aug 1939 - 28 Dec 2011

Place of Death: Tarboro, NC

Interment: New Zion Methodist Church, New Zion, NC

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.


Class Memorial Pages\D-1 Sonny DuBose.pdf


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
877.TEAMWWP (832.6997)


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