ROCKY MOUNT — Former furniture manufacturer and founder of Wildwood Lamps William “Bill” Hatcher Kincheloe died on Feb. 6. He was 85.
The oldest of seven children, he was born in 1937 to Hatcher and Elizabeth Kincheloe and raised in Rocky Mount, N.C. He graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High and attended N.C. State University. He was married for 63 years to the former Martha “Marty” Frances Purvis.
In 1961, Kincheloe and his family moved back to Rocky Mount, and he took over the management of Bulluck Furniture Co., the business founded by his grandfather, W.A. Bulluck, in 1900. By 1969, he had developed a small line of handcrafted lamps, and Wildwood Lamps was born. Kincheloe traveled and developed his home furnishings business for more than 50 years.
An active member in his community, Kincheloe was chairman of the North Carolina Railroad Co., chairman of the N.C. Ports Railway Commission, chairman of the N.C. State Ports Authority Board, a member of the Governor’s Rail Passenger Task Force. a Trustee at N.C. Wesleyan College; a board member of the Salvation Army, a director for Planters Bank, an executive committee director for Centura Bank, president of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Rocky Mount YMCA, and a member of the Rocky Mount Train Station Advisory Committee.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends and family 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 9 the Kincheloe’s home. A service to celebrate Kincheloe’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Lakeside Baptist Church, 1501 Sunset Avenue, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804. Burial will follow the service at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made in Kincheloe’s memory to the Salvation Army of Rocky Mount, 1000 Hunter Hill Road, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804, or to Lakeside Baptist Church, 1501 Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804.