William Emory Gash


June 26, 2017

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William Emory Gash

William Emory Gash passed away June 21, 2017, after a brief illness.

He was the son of Robert Taliaferro Gash and Elizabeth Buckner Gash.

He was raised in Brevard and valued his family heritage there. A lifelong Episcopalian, he was baptized at St. Philip's Church in Brevard and was a member of Christ Church in Charlotte.

He proudly earned the honor of Eagle Scout at his home troop 701 in Brevard. He graduated with honors from UNC at Chapel Hill and received his B.A. in political science in 1977. Upon graduation, he was employed by the N.C. Department of Revenue, serving as the Charlotte office manager prior to retirement in 2012.

He took a great interest in the Gash family roots in Transylvania County, working with the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room at the Transylvania County Library and the Transylvania County Historical Society, especially the Allison-Deaver House, his ancestor's home.

He also served on the board of directors of the Transylvania County Historical Society, as well as Davidson River Cemetery in Pisgah Forest and St. Paul's Episcopal Cemetery in Brevard, and was instrumental in preservation and restoration efforts for both of these 200-year-old sites.

He thoroughly enjoyed his summers at Sea Hearth and Sea Hearth II, the Gash home at Pawley's Island, S.C.

He was a member of Dunn's Rock Masonic Lodge and the Scottish rite, the 4th generation of the Gash family to be a member. He served with enthusiasm on the board of directors of Theatre Charlotte and loved walking to shows, often seeing a show multiple times.

Known for his humor, keen intellect and lifetime loyalty to friends dating from his childhood in Brevard, all who knew him were made happier by his presence and friendship. He could weave humor into any situation and was an expert storyteller, collecting many characters as he went through life. He brought hours of joy to those fortunate enough to know him.

He was a lover of antiques and had a gift for finding hidden treasures. He could make silver shine like nobody else.

He was predeceased by his parents; his cousin, George Robert Buckner, and his uncles, Edward Reap Buckner and Robert Lynn Buckner.

He is survived by his brother, Robert Edward Gash, and sister-in-law, Lucinda Anderson Gash; his nephew and godson, Edward Mason Gash and his fiancée, Katlin Phillips; his aunts, Sally Beaver Buckner and Caroline Boyd Buckner; cousins, Sally Lynn Buckner, Rebecca Jane Buckner, Mary Elizabeth Buckner and Theodore Warren Buckner; and his pug, Oliver.

A service to celebrate his life will be held Friday, June 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, in Brevard.

Memorials may be made to St. Philip's Memorial Fund, 256 E. Main St., Brevard, NC 28712; the Allison-Deaver House, c/o Transylvania County Historical Society, P.O. Box 2061, Brevard, NC 28712; or any worthy cause that would bring joy to the donor.


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