Harley Kugler Alligood Jr.

Published 8:40 pm Monday, September 12, 2016

Harley Kugler Alligood Jr., age 100, a resident of Washington, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016. A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:00 in the historic sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Washington, with the Rev. Ken Hall Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Patrick Wilhelm, Brent Dare, Bill Mac Alligood, William Alligood, Thomas Alligood, Bill Gravely, Harley Gravely, Steve Gravely, Charles Harris and Richard Gerard III. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church parlor and at other times at the home.

Mr. Alligood was born in Beaufort County on July 3, 1916, son of the late Harley K. Alligood Sr. and Rosa McDevette Alligood. Following his graduation from Washington High School in 1934 he devoted his life’s work to the family business, Alligood’s Garage. Established in 1915 by his father, Mr. Alligood was co-owner and partner with his brother, Mac Alligood, until his retirement in 1996.

During World War II Mr. Alligood was employed by the United States Navy with aircraft maintenance and rescue duty from 1942-1946.

Throughout his adult life Mr. Alligood expressed a deep commitment to his Christian faith and was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He served as an usher for more than 60 years.

Mr. Alligood was a devoted member of the Washington Lion’s Club for over 50 years, earning numerous local, state, national and international awards for his untiring efforts on behalf of the blind and visually impaired.

In his free time Mr. Alligood enjoyed working in his flowerbeds, building birdhouses, and other woodworking projects.

On November 16, 1941 Mr. Alligood married the love of his life, Beatrice Godley, who survives. They were blessed with almost 75 years in marriage.

Other survivors include his daughters: Lorre A. Bowen of Washington and Lynn A. Dare and her husband, Don, of Knoxville, Tennessee. He is also survived by two

Grandchildren: Christine Bowen Wilhelm of LaGrange, NC and Brent Dare of Knoxville, Tennessee and one great-grandchild, Patrick Wilhelm, of LaGrange, NC.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Alligood was predeceased by his brother, Mac Alligood and his sisters, Athalia Howerin and Rosemary Rhodes. He was also predeceased by his son-in-law, Ted Bowen.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorial gifts may be made to the New Horizons fund of First United Methodist Church, 302 West Second Street, or the Blind Center, 219 N. Harvey Street.

Hillside Funeral Service is serving the family.