Maurice Eggleston, 90, passed quietly Thursday, March 15, 2012, in Pinehurst.
No local services are planned at this time.
He was born Nov. 4, 1921, in Fine View, on Wellesley Island, N.Y. He was the oldest son of Chester George and Viva Irene Kane Eggleston, and the grandson of the late Marshman Edward and Elizabeth Burns Eggleston.
He served his country in the First Division, Fifth Marine Corps, during World War II in the Pacific theater from January 1942 until 1945. He met his wife, Mavis, while he was recuperating from malaria in Victoria, Australia. They married seven months later, in August 1943.
He wore many hats in his life. He worked as a carpenter and bus driver for a time. He worked as a technician for a company that made parts for NASA in the late 1950s. He owned a radio and TV sales and service business in the ’60s. He joined the U.S. Postal Service and served as the assistant postmaster in the Alexandria Bay office and the postmaster in the Clayton office in the 1970s and 1980s.
Later he retired, and in 1983, he and his wife moved to Pinehurst. Tired of retirement, he bought a small business installing Closet Maid Shelving, which he renamed MidSouth Shelving. He sold the business in the mid-1990s when his health began to fail.
He was a loving husband and father, and a decent, hardworking and honorable man. He was a member of the Masons for over seventy years.
He leaves behind his son, Glenn Maurice Eggleston, of Central Square, N.Y.; his two daughters, Audrey Faye Kern, of Fuquay-Varina, and Lynda Jean Eggleston, of Pinehurst; seven grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the local Masonic Lodge. Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is serving the family.