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William Lowrance Rhyne

March 25, 1929July 7, 2020

William “Bill” Lowrance Rhyne, 91, died July 7, 2020.

He was born n Catawba, NC March 25, 1929 and was the youngest son of the late George Whitner Rhyne Sr. and Gordie Lowrance Rhyne.

Bill attended Catawba School and graduated from NC State University with BIE in Industrial Engineering. His career began in Civil Service with the Dept. if Defense, Air Material Command. He held engineering and managerial positions with Southern Desk Co., Kewaunee Scientific Corp., Pennsylvania House, and Palliser Furniture Co. After retirement, he did consulting, managed forest land, restored a historic 1860’s barn and was a trustee and supporter of the Town of Catawba Historical Assoc. Inc.

Bill enjoyed being with his family, reading, cooking, gardening, bee keeping, fixing anything that needed to be fixed, including surgery on a cat, and many other pastimes relating to home.

Bill was a life-long member of Catawba United Methodist Church. In the 1970’s, he was a Sunday School teacher, chairman of the Administrative Board, and MYF leader.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Helen, and his brothers Richard Henry Rhyne and George Whitener Rhyne Jr.

Those left to share his memory are sons John Whitener Rhyne and Rebeca, of Hickory, and William Nelson Rhyne of Catawba, and daughter Julia Rhyne Deming and Doug of Greyledge Estate, Buchanan, VA.

Grandchildren are Charlene Deming and Jeff of Durham, NC., Douglas Bader-Deming and Ela of Buchanan, VA, Kaylyn Banerjee and Kush of Washington, DC, Eli Alexander Rhyne and Stephen Rhyne of Catawba, Carolina, Lupe, Jacqueline and Kaylee Martinez of Hickory.

Great Grandchildren are Sabine Banerjee, George Glenn-Deming, Jamire and Raylen Heard.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, July 12, 2020 3pm at Catawba United Methodist Church Cemetery in Catawba, NC with Pastor Tim Hertzel officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Catawba United Methodist Church Youth Center at 207 E Central Ave Catawba, NC 28609.

Condolences may be left at www.willis-reynoldsfuneralhome.com The Rhyne Family is under the care of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home.


  • Catawba United Methodist Church Family Life Center


  • Graveside Service

    Sunday, July 12, 2020


William Lowrance Rhyne

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Victor Deal

July 20, 2020

So very sorry to read of Mr. Rhyne's passing. I went to elementary school with Julia and William many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

keith bunch

July 9, 2020

bill was my uncle. He was very smart and loved to visit our home for holidays and birthdays. He loved his home life in retirement and was an expert fixer of things that needed fixing. As an engineer bill was technical and methodic and very successful in his area of expertise. We enjoyed the family visits over the years with bill and cherish the memories of our families together. Keith. Lisa. And krae Bunch