Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One
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William Eugene Finch


William was born April 25, 1939 in Oxford, NC to Willie Walton Finch and Ruth Blanks Finch. William lived in Granville County his entire life and graduated from Franklinton High School in 1957. He then served in the North Carolina National Guard where he was a member of the 1/113th Artillery Division and was he honorably discharged in 1962. After graduating high school and during his National Guard service, William went to work for Charlie Jones at Jones Drug Store on Hillsboro St. in downtown Oxford. He worked there as a pharmacy technician for 53 years, was a cornerstone of the establishment and was known by first name by nearly everyone who walked in the front door. Later in his life, William worked with Morris Hedgepeth at South Side Drug Store to help keep himself busy. William was a faithful member of West Oxford Baptist Church for many years, where he filled several roles, to include treasurer and deacon specifically. Most recently he was a member of Central Baptist church in Henderson, NC. William was an upstanding member of our community and was loved and highly respected by those who were lucky enough to know him. He deeply loved his entire family, his church and our community and his outgoing personality and perfect smile will be sorely missed.

William is survived by his wife of 63 PROUD years, Betty Finch; his children, Angela Finch Sutton and Adam Finch; his grand-children, Blake Turner and wife Nicole, Logan Turner and wife Christa, Joshua Finch, Jacob Finch, Hanna Finch, Adam Neil Finch; and great grand-children, Caleb Finch and Kaomi Watson. He was pre-deceased by four siblings: JW Finch, Thomas Finch, Sarah Finch Addison and Gladys Finch Valentine and is survived by his brother Andrew Finch.

Viewing will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Meadowview Memorial Park. You may access the funeral service by clicking on the following link:
Funeral Service:

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice Care or the Children’s Ministry at Central Baptist Church.
Amedisys Hospice Care 3320 US1 Highway, Suite B, Franklinton NC 27525
Central Baptist Church 2574 Ruin Creek Rd, Henderson NC 27537

A special thanks goes to all of the care providers at Brantwood Nursing & Rehab Center and Amedisys Hospice Care for their care and support during William’s illness.


  • Kathy Boyd Posted June 9, 2020 10:55 pm

    Betty and Family,
    I have so many fond memories of William as I was growing up. My mom worked with William at Jones Drug Store and always thought a lot of him. I basically spent part of my life there especially during my high school years. He and the coffee club called me Junior. I thought a lot of William too. I’m so sorry for your loss. May God be with you all in the coming days as you try to come to terms without William here. He’s no longer suffering and is looking down on his loved ones.

  • Darlene Ream Posted June 10, 2020 12:18 am

    William Finch has been a lifelong friend to me and my family. My Dad, Bud Abbott and he were best of buddies and loved spending time together as families.
    We will miss you, but Daddy will be glad to see you again.


  • Shirley Finch Paine Posted June 10, 2020 1:45 am

    Betty and family, I am so sorry to hear of William’s passing. I always looked forward to seeing and talking with him at the Finch family reunions, he was always so cheerful and happy. I will be with you in love and spirit tomorrow as you celebrate his life, and watching on live stream. May God’s love surround you and give you peace.

  • Cindy laughlin Posted June 10, 2020 2:11 am

    Angela and Betty I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Ruby Carrington Finch Posted June 10, 2020 3:43 am

    Betty and Family
    My deepest condolences to you in William’s passing. The Finch Reunion will be a much quieter place without his smile and presence. May God wrap you in His love and bring you comfort and peace. I will join you and the family in remembering William as I watch his service live streaming.

  • Darlene Tingen Campbell Posted June 10, 2020 7:05 pm

    Betty I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you so well at Dr Finchs office. I always thought you were a lovely lady. You have my deepest sympathy.
    Darlene T Campbell

  • Judy Huff Posted June 10, 2020 9:57 pm

    Betty so sorry for your loss The times I met your husband he was very nice man my prayers go to you and your family may God Bless you all in the days ahead

  • Russell Murray Posted June 11, 2020 1:07 pm

    Betty, I am sorry about William’s passing ! He was a good man ;& a good neighbor! I will miss him ! May God comfort you , & the family !

  • Deborah Saunders Posted June 13, 2020 1:59 pm

    Betty, my heart breaks for you losing your beloved. Praying for you and know William is at perfect peace with Jesus. I plan to come to N.C. in the fall and hope I can come by and give you a big hug. Love ya , Deborah Holt Saunders

  • Cheryl Belcher Posted June 13, 2020 4:40 pm

    Betty and family, My sincerest sympathy for you in the loss of William. I have many fond memories of ya’ll from childhood visiting your home to programs at West Oxford. William was always helpful and kind to my parents through the years. My heart and prayers go out to you. Cheryl

  • Helen Stewart Posted June 17, 2020 2:36 pm

    Betty, so sorry to hear about William’s passing. May God bless and comfort you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • sandra greenwood Posted June 29, 2020 3:29 pm

    So sorry to read of Mr. Finch passing. Loved talking to him when I would go into Jone’s Drug Store or see him out. Such a good person. It heart broken when I saw he had passed browsing the obituaries looking for someone else. Speechless.

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