Updated July 16, 1:50 p.m.
Former Alexander County Sheriff and N.C. State House Representative Thomas E. Bebber, Jr., age 78, of Taylorsville, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Bebber was the longest-serving sheriff of Alexander County, serving 22.5 years. He was appointed in June 1959 to fill term of his father, Thomas "Elisha" Bebber, who was killed in the line of duty on June 2, 1959. In 1962, Tom Bebber was elected to the NC State House.
Mr. Bebber was born February 8, 1937, in his beloved Alexander County. He was the son of the late Sheriff Elisha Bebber and Nell Moose Bebber.
In June 1959, Sheriff Bebber’s father was tragically killed in the line of duty. Sheriff Bebber, only twenty-two years old at the time, dutifully fulfilled his father’s term as the youngest sheriff in North Carolina.
Following stints as a truck driver and small business owner, Sheriff Bebber returned to his true passion as a civil servant, serving as a Hickory Patrol Officer, County Sheriff, and Representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Sheriff Bebber loved working on his cattle farm, watching sports, “particularly his grandchildren,” and spending time with his many friends. An avid Democrat, Sheriff Bebber will be remembered for his humility, generosity, kindness to others, and unwavering honesty.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Faye Fortner.
Among those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 52 years, Hilda Bebber of the home; three sons, Andy Bebber of Stony Point, Mark Bebber and wife, Ann, of Taylorsville, Chuck Bebber and wife, Rhonda, of Taylorsville; two daughters, Amy Hefner and Angie Keever and husband, James, all of Taylorsville; three brothers, Jack Bebber and wife, Mildred, of Taylorsville, Wayne Bebber and wife, Carol, of Taylorsville and Phil Bebber also of Taylorsville; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be 4 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Three Forks Baptist Church. Dr. Carson Moseley and the Revs. Gary Jennings, Mark Robinette, Don Ingle and James Keever will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. prior to the service.
Pall bearers include: Ray Warren, Hayden Bentley, Chris Bowman, Seth Chapman, Mike Harrison, Wayne Kerley, Josh Fortner and Justin Fortner.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department, 91 Commercial Park Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or Three Forks Baptist Church, 4685 Three Forks Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Adams Funeral Home and cremation services is serving the Bebber Family.