William Moffitt Teague

August 3, 1930July 19, 2020
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On Sunday, July 19, 2020, William Moffitt Teague, Sr. of Raleigh, NC, passed away at the age of 89, when his heart, which had given so much love to so many people, finally couldn’t give anymore.

William or “Bill” depending on how long or how you knew him, was born on August 3, 1930 in Goldsboro, NC to the late Lou Norwood and Samuel (S.F.) Farris Teague.

In 1938, and amid the Great Depression, S.F. moved his family from Goldsboro to Raleigh. William would reside in Raleigh for the rest of his life, except for the 2 years he served in the US Army. As a youth, he lived on Bedford Avenue, attended Fred Olds School and Broughton High School, graduating Class of 1948. While at Broughton, he was a member of the basketball team where he earned the long-time nickname, “Rubberlegs”. He attended his beloved University of North Carolina beginning in 1948, entered military service in 1951, was honorably discharged in 1953 as a 1st Lieutenant.

William married Annie Glenn Taylor on March 10, 1953. They devoted their 52 years together to each other, their church, community, family and friends. His care and devotion to Annie during her illness and until her death in 2005 was a true testament of his love and dedication.

William started his career working for Norwood Oil Company, owned by his uncle, John Norwood. He would later make several career stops in heating and air conditioning, before finding his “perfect job” with the NC Department of Commerce as an economic developer. He spent the next several decades selling his cherished North Carolina to US business and industry. He retired from the Department in 1995 and received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor Jim Hunt. He would end his career serving as Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor Dennis Wicker.

In 2007, as he would say, “he caught lighting in bottle” and met and married his second wife Muriel Elkins. They spent 13 incredible years together, enjoying each other and their families. The Teagues and the Elkins were an amazing match.

William was a treasured member of the Raleigh Community. He was a master storyteller, had a great sense of humor, and was a lover of people. The lives he touched were endless.

He served and enjoyed many organizations: he was a proud Eagle Scout, member of the Raleigh Jaycees, The Old Raleigh Boys, The Broughton Alumni Association (that he helped found), Sanderson HS Sports Club (President), St. Giles Presbyterian Church (founding member), Bible Study Fellowship, Johnny Evans’ Bible Study, and Hayes Barton Baptist. He also coached numerous youth league baseball and basketball teams during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. No one loved his family, the City of Raleigh, Broughton High School, the University of North Carolina, the great state of North Carolina, and the United States of America more than William Teague. He will be greatly missed.

William was preceded in death by his first wife Annie, and brothers Norwood and Sam.

He is survived by his second wife Muriel Elkins Teague (and her many children and their families), and his brother Thomas Hart (Turid) Teague. William was a devoted and proud father to LuAnn (Tom) Summers, Bill, Jr. (Beth) Teague, and Norwood Teague, as well as “Papa” to Will (Marta), Matt (Nikki), and Tyson Summers, Glenna (Nathan Harris) and Sam Teague, Great-Grandfather to Natalie Summers.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 25th at 10:00 am at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh. Attendees are asked to wear a face covering, adhere to social distancing and bring a chair if needed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Broughton High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 31464, Raleigh, NC 27622;, or to Meals on Wheels of Wake County, 1001 Blair Dr., Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27603;

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC.


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Dawn Geer

July 19, 2021

The Goforth and Teague families has so many fun times together at the beach and just being friends. My father, Bob Goforth, particularly remembers Bill’s sense of humor and his devotion as a family man. What a great guy In all ways, we are so fortunate to have known him. Prayers and blessings to all of you on this anniversary

Michael Rakouskas

July 19, 2021

I was saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. He was a gentleman and a friend to everyone. We will miss his kind manner and friendly smile. It was my pleasure to have worked with Bill at the Department of Commerce and to have learned so much about the process of economic development from him. He was so devoted to the State of North Carolina and so very proud of its reputation, one that he helped form and took pleasure in selling to corporate officials. Rest In Peace, Bill.

Theresa Harris

July 19, 2021

Dear Bill, Beth, Glenna and Sam,

Thinking of you on this first anniversary of your dear Dad and grandfather's death. I hope the happy memories truly do comfort you now and in the future.

Theresa and Kerry

Carmen Cauthen

August 1, 2020

LuAnn, Bill and Norwood,

I just learned of Bill's passing and was so sorry to hear that. He was such a dear man with a gift of gab and devoted to Annie. I have wonderful memories of the two of them, as well as of yall from seeing you at the office and hearing things that Annie would share.

Much love to you all.

Carmen Cauthen

Douglas Anderson

July 29, 2020

LuAnn, my sympathies to you and all the family in your time of loss. I have wonderful memories of your father growing up in Glen Forest and particularly at St. Giles Church. He was a truly amazing gift in this world, and an inspiration as a life fully lived and shared. Prayers for all of you to be comforted at this time.

Ann Pridgen

July 29, 2020

LuAnn, Bill and Norwood
I just learned of your dad's passing today.
I am so sorry. He was a loving, funny and kind man.
He was so good to my parents and myself. He was the one I called to ask questions concerning my parents salvation before they passed.
If you need anything, please feel free to call. 919 523 6793.
Love in Christ
Ann Pridgen

Don Moss

July 28, 2020

I was proud to work with Bill Teague at the NC Department of Commerce. He was a great mentor and then later worked along side him while he was Chief of Staff
for Lt Governor Wicker while I was the economic director for Sanford - Lee County. Bill was the consummate Southern Gentleman and will be missed

Kim Mangum Carle

July 28, 2020

LuAnn, Bill, and Norwood,
So sorry to learn about your Dad’s passing. Still have great memories of growing up next door to your family. I lost my mom, Doris is 2018. Hope you and your families are doing well.
I am now in Greensboro and have one daughter, Caroline, who is 16.
Would love to hear from you’ll.
Hugs and Prayers

Larry & Barb McNeil

July 25, 2020

Bill was a gentleman, with many accomplishments. We remember what a fun loving man he was. We have memories of him and Muriel enjoying each other at the lake, cooking breakfast, always smiling, and always looking dapper. He was so proud of his family.

Rosemary Campbell

July 23, 2020

Bill was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. He married my aunt later in life and fit right in to such a large family. We loved having him in our embrace.
Love you Bill,
Rosemary Wallace Campbell