Oct 07, 1919 - Apr 12, 2014
Mr. William (Bill) Whitehead Avera, 94, a resident of Bermuda Village Retirement Community, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at his home with loving friends close by his side. He was born October 7, 1919, in Rocky Mount, NC, to the late William W. and Minnie Haynes Avera. Mr. Avera was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. A graduate of Mars Hill College, Mr. Avera was called to serve his country in the US Air For during World War II where he earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was a flight instructor. After World War II he went to NC State University and received his B.S in Aeronautical Engineering. Mr. Avera worked for Bahnson Company in Winston-Salem, where he retired. As a veteran, Mr. Avera was one of the participants in the last Flight of Honor on November 11, 2011.
Mr. Avera had a love of music and was a member of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra for many years, where he was a principle bass player. In his earlier years he enjoyed sailing. He was involved in several organizations which included Rotary Club, Y-Men and at one time Forsyth Country Club. Mr. Avera was a loving, kind and comical man, he was fun to be around and easy to love. He will be missed by all who knew him. In addition to his parents, Mr. Avera was preceded in death by his step-mother of many years, Mary Woodward Avera and his loving wife of 55 years, Frances Horne Avera. Survivors include one sister, Mary Avera Chambliss and husband, Dr. Malory Chambliss of Winston-Salem; one niece, Rev. Arrington Chambliss and her daughter, Nevaeh of Boston, MA; and one nephew, Malory Chambliss, Jr. of Asheville, NC. Mr. Avera also leaves behind two loving caregivers, Kathy Peak of Germanton and Tracy Burcham of Winston-Salem.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Centenary UMC, Winston-Salem with Rev. Craig Ford and Rev. Arrington Chambliss officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Hospice of Davie County, 377 Hospital St., Mocksville, NC 27028, American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 or to Disabled American Veterans, 251 N. Main St., #116, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
The family, Kathy and Tracy would like to thank the staff of Catered Living at Bermuda Village and Hospice of Davie County for their outstanding care and love that they gave to our sweetheart, Bill Avera.