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William H. DuBose
"Sonny"

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.

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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
877.TEAMWWP (832.6997)

William H. “Sonny” DuBose (Ex-Cadet, ’61)

*Aug 2, 1939 – Dec 28, 2011* Died in Tarboro, North Carolina

Interred in New Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Clarendon County, South Carolina

William H. "Sonny" DuBose Sonny DuBose was born in Sumter, South Carolina as a ninth generation South Carolinian.  His father, H.C. “Harold” DuBose, was a farmer.   Sonny graduated from Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, and his bright spirit led to his election as Governor of the Palmetto Boys State in 1956.  Boys State was founded in 1935 by the American Legion to teach about government and politics and to spark interest and pride in government on a local as well as national level.  The South Carolina program was named from its beginning in 1940 as Palmetto Boys State.  The experience galvanized in Sonny a love for public affairs, and he developed an ambition to become Governor of South Carolina. 

Sonny entered West Point on 2 July 1957 and joined Second Company in Beast Barracks, where he immediately made friends among fellow Plebes and admirers among the Cows and Firsties.  His bright spirit attracted attention and fostered good will among everyone.  He was an enthusiastic member of the 1957 “C Squad” football team, but an injury sidelined him for part of the season.   This setback did not dampen Sonny’s spirit, as he found other channels for his prodigious energy, especially being a DJ for the cadet radio station KDET, where he spent much time during Christmas, 1957.  During his plebe year, Sonny was always a sparkplug and positive force to encourage his classmates.  He was a lifelong patriot and strong supporter of the nation’s military. 

Sonny left West Point after plebe year and enrolled at Presbyterian College, located in Clinton, SC.  He became a star linebacker on the Presbyterian Blue Hose team, and began to fulfill his football dreams, even while studying and starting a new family.  He loved the football game and was a team leader.   His football career at Presbyterian from 1959 to 1962 included participation in the January, 1960 Tangerine Bowl against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.  The Blue Hose went 9-1 during the regular season, but lost in the bowl game when the Blue Raiders squeaked out a 21-12 win.  Sonny was a co-captain of the 1961 team, and his achievements in football led to an opportunity to play at the professional level for two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sonny graduated from Presbyterian College with honors.  After he returned to South Carolina, he became involved in real estate development in the town of Irmo and on Hilton Head Island. He engaged in business and was elected to the Council of Lexington County, South Carolina, and understood the needs of the electorate for improved infrastructure and community schools.  Afterwards, Sonny became involved in state government, joining the staff of the South Carolina Department of Energy in 1999.   He worked on renewable energy, and he was recognized in April 2001 by a Joint Resolution of the South Carolina House and Senate in April 2001 for his efforts to convert landfill gas to renewable energy.  Sonny was vitally interested in public affairs and justice, and in 2002 he published a book entitled The Road to Brown: The Leadership of a Soldier of the Cross, Reverend J. A. DeLaine.   Reverend DeLaine was an African-American pastor and civil rights activist in South Carolina.  

Sonny retired in 2008 due to declining health.   At the time of his death, he had been married to his spouse Joan for thirty-five years. He is survived by his daughter Sabre Simone, an architect, son Jon, a physician for Vidant Health and active member of the North Carolina National Guard who has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and Chris, a nuclear power plant operator with Progress Energy.  Sonny also has five grandchildren.

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