Willie Bunn "Bill" Moss, 88 of Concord passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 26 at the Tucker Hospice House after 2 years of declining health. He was born in Cabarrus County on July 29, 1926, the son of Ervin R. Moss & Lona R. Faggart Moss.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and the body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral service, Rev. Spencer Swain and Rev. Darryl Maxwell will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors. The Moss family will receive friends following the committal service in the fellowship hall. The pall bearers for the service are R. Giles Moss, William Ray "Billy" Gilmore, Michael Smith, Larry Cline, Ronald Gandy and Steve Parker.
Bill was proud of his service in the U. S. Army during World War II serving with the 405th Engineer Service Battalion in Leghorn, Italy. He met his loving wife Rina while serving in Italy, and they were married March 13, 1947. While the War had ended it took a while to get clearance for the marriage, he always joked that they were married 3 times in one day so it was forever. They had one daughter, Mary Ann. On the first trip with their daughter back to Italy, they visited the restaurant where the wedding reception was held and were recognized by the excited owner who rushed over with their wedding picture. He enjoyed his hobby farm where he raised Angus cattle for numerous years and always had a pony for the grandchildren. Bill was always there to lend a hand. He was a man who seemed to be able to make anything with his hands. He would build, repair and create things like motorized vehicles, cattle trailers, playhouses and barns. He also enjoyed spending time with his great grandsons and attended their athletic and special events with pride. He was preceded in death by brothers, James Leroy Moss, Raymond Moss, Carl H. Moss, Hoy Moss, Coy Moss, John Moss and sisters, Ruth Moss Allman and Nadine Moss Whitley.
He worked at Kerr Bleachery in the Cutting Department for a number of years and later was employed by Cabarrus County Schools Bus Garage, and later retired from there. Many of the young drivers he met during those years have become lifelong friends. He had a talent for mechanics and was recognized often for suggesting more efficient means of operations. Willie was a proud member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and participated until declining health.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rina Puccetti Moss; Daughter, Mary Ann Moss Brafford and her husband Danny L. Brafford of Concord; 2 grandchildren, Melissa B. Simmons and husband William L. Simmons of Ocala, Florida and Patrick L. Brafford and wife Laura H. Brafford of Clearwater Beach, Florida; 2 great-grandchildren Brock W. Simmons and Brant L. Simmons and a special niece Sharon D. Love of Concord. Also surviving are his sister Mary Elizabeth Widenhouse and brother Bobby E. Moss, both of Concord.
The Moss family would like to thank Amanda B. Drye, Tina S. Conder and Glenda Jones for their love and gentle care for the past months, their Church family at Cross of Christ for their love and concern, and their neighbors and community for always being there to care for Bill and Rina.
They would also like to extend their gracious thanks to the staff of Tucker Hospice House for their peaceful, loving care the few days he was there.
In Lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Cabarrus County 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, N. C.