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Eugene Webber, Jr.

Eugene Webber, Jr., departed this life on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in his home.

He was born November 14, 1929 in Shelby, North Carolina. A 1948 graduate of Cleveland High School, he continued his education at North Carolina A&T State University. In 1952 he entered the Army and fought in the Korean War. Upon returning to the states, he was encouraged to continue his career in the military; however, he was determined to complete his college degree.

After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Industrial Education, he started his career at Unity High School in Statesville, North Carolina and simultaneously completed his Master of Science degree in 1959 in Industrial Education. In 1959, he returned to Cleveland County to teach at his alma mater, Cleveland High School. As the Civil Rights era brought about substantial change in the school system, he transferred to Shelby Junior High School in 1966, where he was one of the first black teachers at Shelby Junior High teaching Industrial Arts. Eugene Webber retired in 1989 after serving 33 years as an educator.

Since 1946, Eugene was a faithful member of Roberts Tabernacle CME Church where he was appointed as a Trustee in 1963 and also served as the Chairman of the Trustee Board. His love for God, his Roberts family and a natural joy to bring about positive change for the community was evident in his involvement in the church and the community. Eugene was a charter member of the SWATTO Club in 1965, a charter member of the Shelby Exchange Club in 1972 and was a member of the Elk's Club for over 25 years.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Pearl C. Webber; father, Eugene Webber, Sr., mother, Lillie Mae Webber; two sisters, Edna Thompson and Lucinda Webber; a niece, Telecia Webber Meeks; two brothers-in-law, George Thompson and Joe Louis Crosby.

He leaves to cherish his memories, two daughters, Pamela Webber and Tonya Arrington (Timothy) of Shelby, NC, four grandchildren, Timothy Arrington, Jr. (Ashli) of New York, NY, Timmeshia Wilson (Kevin) of Lyndhurst, NJ, Torrian Arrington and Tyler Arrington, both of Shelby, NC; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas Wilson, Noah Wilson and Harper Wilson all of Lyndhurst, NJ; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Crosby of Baltimore, MD and many nieces, one great-great-great niece, Briley Farrar of Shelby, NC, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Augut 17, 2021 at 12:00 Noon at Roberts Tabernacle C.M.E. Church. Burial will take place at Cleveland Memorial Park with military rites. The family will receive friends from 11:30 AM until 12:00 Noon at the church on Tuesday. The service will be livestreamed on FaceBook starting at 11:45 AM. Condolences can be expressed online at www.enloemortuary.com. Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

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