Salem Funeral Home
120 S. Main St. Winston-Salem 27101
Sunday, Aug 13, 2017
Jul 13, 1924 - Aug 01, 2017
Bruce Levin, a lifelong resident of Winston-Salem and a man genuinely committed to the health of the community, died early the morning of August 1. He was 93 years old. His community service included involvement in a wide variety of organizations, and the frequent overlap of these positions with his longstanding practice as a certified public accountant.
He received his CPA license in 1951 and opened a small practice in the Nissen Building downtown. In 1967 he partnered with Dale Spinnett to form Levin, Spinnett and Co., which continues to operate today in the headquarters they purchased on West First Street. The company became the most competent local practice in the city, drawing a broad clientele of city leaders, local businesses, and candidates for political office.
Bruce’s reputation as an accountant also landed him among the 13 founding board members of Forsyth Bank and Trust, the first city bank with a racially integrated board devoted to small-business growth. Forsyth went on to become a part of BB&T.
Bruce’s many hours of commitment to community service represented his many interests: president of the Jaycees (with the hard task of judging beauty contests); nine years on the board of the Senior Services Foundation; an early backer of the fledgling Gallery of Fine Arts, the forerunner of SECCA; a co-founder of the city’s Better Business Bureau; an appointed term on the state committee selecting Morehead Scholars for the university system; several terms on the Winston-Salem Housing Authority; six years on the board of the N.C. School of the Arts Foundation (now UNCSA), where he designed and taught an accounting course to help students make a living as artists.
Through it all Bruce viewed much of his accounting career as part of his commitment to the well-being of his family. He and his wife Lois were especially dedicated to the best possible health and education for their son and daughter, Buck and Helen.
Abner Bruce Levin was the older child and only son born to Louis and Jewel Levin on July 13, 1924. He had a lifelong attachment to the Winston-Salem neighborhoods in which he grew up, especially Ardmore. It pleased him to know that his final residence was in the same ZIP code as the homes in which he spent his childhood.
After graduating from R.J. Reynolds High School at age 15, Bruce worked a couple of years but was eager to join the armed forces and get into WWII. He trained in the Army Air Corps as navigator on a B-24, but the war ended before he got into action overseas. The military funded his entire college education at UNC Chapel Hill, including tuition, books, room, board and $80 a semester spending money. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1949.
It was also during his college years that he met his eventual wife of 67 years, Lois Anne Buck, who was an undergraduate at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC-Greensboro). The two married on June 24, 1950.
An uninterrupted joy in Bruce's life came from reading, thinking, and keeping his mind active with respect to current affairs and the life of his community. He was a lifelong Democrat and together with his wife spent many years fighting battles against one of North Carolina’s notorious political forces, Jesse Helms. Despite losses, they never gave up the fight. Both he and Lois remained active and interested in politics, often finding themselves in a distinct but vibrant political minority in Winston-Salem.
They were founding members of the longstanding Tuesday Night Bookclub That Meets on Thursday Night. Bruce took great delight in challenging the perceptions of his fellow readers, often with gently provocative questions and a bit of carefully crafted wit. And he played tennis as long as he could.
Throughout his life, Bruce remained a steadfast and devoted fan of his Tar Heel alma mater. During tax season, the only event that could draw him out of his evening workspace at his home was a Carolina basketball game.
Bruce was preceded in death by his sister, Elaine Simons, and his niece and nephew, Julie Nicholson and Bruce Simons. He is survived by his wife Lois; his children, Helen Levin of Philadelphia and Buck Levin of Vashon, Washington; his son-in-law, Daniel Stevenson; and his grandchildren, Elias Stevenson and Peyton Levin.
Friends and former colleagues will be welcome at a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 13, at Salem Funerals and Cremations, 120 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem.
The family suggests that contributions in Bruce’s name be directed to Senior Services of Winston-Salem and Forsyth, 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.
Lois, so sorry to read about Bruce's passing. I will miss our gentle political banter. Let me know if you need my help.
Dear Lois, Bob and I were saddened to read of Bruce's death. He was so good at his profession and fun to work with and talk to about all his varied interests. I know all of you were happy to have had him for so long. We will be thinking of you all on Sunday and in the days following. Unfortunately we will be out of town then. Miriam and Bob Lovett
Bob and Dot Ross
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Judi Lawson Wallace
Lois, my heart goes out to you and your family at Bruce's passing. I hope that wonderful memories from your many years together can help sustain you during your grief.
Even though we haven't seen each other recently, you're frequently in my thoughts.
Bob Stockton, Jr
Buck, Helen and Lois,
Haven't seen any of you in a very long time. I have kept up with you all through some of Buck's old "gang" in Winston.
I am very sorry to hear about Bruce, he lived a full and great life with a family he was very proud of and loved.
Let us celebrate the life of a very inspiring person!
Love you all.
God strengthens us by giving us the "power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7) jw.org
Connie and I are saddened by the loss of our friend. He was a mentor, an artful and thoughtful conversationalist and was a man of integrity a courage. Our love to all his family. FADX