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Bernard Moffitt “Frog” Routh passed away on October 30, 2015 after a decade long struggle with Alzheimer's disease and a heart condition. A life long resident of Bennett, NC, he was born July 23, 1932 to the late Hal C. and Nonie Moffitt Routh. He was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Routh and his sister, Christine Routh Beal.
Frog graduated as a 3-sport athlete from Bennett High School in 1950 , and went on to serve his country as an army sergeant in the Korean War. After his military service, he returned to Bennett and worked in the auto business for several years. At the age of 35 he pursued a career as an auctioneer. As the 9th licensed auctioneer in North Carolina, Frog became one of the best and most respected auctioneers in the state. He was appointed as the chairman of the NC Auctioneers licensing board by Governor Hunt and was later inducted into the NC Auctioneers Hall of Fame.
Frog loved Bennett. He was greatly involved in the community over the years through church activities, through local school and town activities, and through his generosity to others. He was one of the founders of the Bennett Volunteer Fire Department and served several years on the Bennett Elementary School PTA board. He loved the people of Bennett and they loved him back.
Frog also loved to spend his free time playing golf and watching his grandchildren play sports. Frog will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Peggy Headen Routh; daughter Marsha S. Stone (Steve); son Hal L. Routh (Debra); grandchildren Adam P. Covington (Stephanie), Caleb, Ben, and Macy Routh; Caroline and Natalie Stone; great-grandchildren Parker and Isaac Covington; and sister-in-law Mozelle Routh.
The family will receive friends and relatives at Joyce Brady Chapel in Bennett on Sunday, November 1st from 6-8 pm. The funeral service and burial will be held at Bennett Baptist Church on November 2nd beginning at 2 pm. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to the Bennett Baptist Church Building Fund P.O. Box 91 Bennett, N.C. 27208 .
Joyce Brady Chapel is honored to serve the Routh family.
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