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Dale Maxwell Ormsby

February 2, 1928 ~ April 20, 2018 (age 90)

Dale Maxwell Ormsby, 90, died April 20, 2018.  Dale was born February 20, 1928 in Rockingham, NC to the late Robert Leon and Lula Williams Ormsby and grew up in Laurinburg, NC. He is survived by his loving wife, Sallie, of 56 years, two sons, Dale (Robin) Ormsby of Wilmington, NC and John Ormsby of Rockingham, NC, and daughter Kathy Ormsby of Wilmington, NC, grandchildren Shannon (Mike) Hufham, Faye (Chris) Fay, Ross (Amberlee) Freshwater, Lula Ormsby, Mary Ormsby, and Mary Nibbe, great-grandchildren, Marissa, Trent, and Miles Hufham, Lliam, Mason, and Aida Fay, Liam, Alex, Jaxon, and Adalynn Freshwater.  He is also survived by his two sisters, Hazel (Bill) DuRant and Peggy Trollinger and brother Ted (Carolyn) Ormsby.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Nibbe, sister Doris (Mike) Millan and brother, Leon (Mary Fan) Ormsby, Jr. as well as brother-in-law Bill Trollinger. Dale was a proud graduate of NC State University where he earned a degree in Textiles.  He then worked for Burlington Industries for 34 years in Halifax, VA and Raeford, NC and later served as plant manager of the Franklinton, NC plant and then the Rockingham, NC plant where he retired.  Dale was a great leader both in the business world as well as the community.  He was president of the local Rotary Club.  He served on the Board of Trustees at Richmond Community College and was instrumental in the building of the Cole Auditorium on the campus.  He was awarded the honor of Citizen of the Year in Rockingham in 1994.  Dale loved the Lord and was an active member of First Baptist Church in Rockingham where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and many other capacities in the life of the church.  Dale cherished his family and enjoyed the annual week long family reunions at the beach for many years.  He also enjoyed gardening, golf, walks with his dogs, Sadie and Luke, and the lively card games with the family.  Dale also loved and appreciated the people he worked with in textiles, his church family, neighbors, and his many friends who meant so much to him. A visitation will be held Friday, April 27th at the Watson-King Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. and funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Rockingham on Saturday, April 28th at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Rockingham or Richmond Community College. Condolences may be made to

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