Major Killian, 72, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at his home.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Carthage United Methodist Church, where he was an active member. The family asks that anyone attending to please wear purple. The Rev. Mattheue Locklear will be officiating.
Major was born in Minneapolis, Minn., to the late Wilmer and Madeline (nee O’Connor) Killian and was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War. He earned his B.A. in social science from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., in 1965, and was a case worker for the department of social services both in Los Angeles and in Moore County.
He was a member of the NCSSAR (North Carolina Society – Sons of American Revolution) and very active in the Carthage community. He regularly volunteered with the American Red Cross blood drives, and the Carthage Historic Museum. Major was very knowledgeable in history and antiques. He spent lots of time researching historical facts and information about antique furniture and collectibles. He also had a love of animals and enjoyed pet-sitting and taking photographs of friends’ pets.
He is survived by his cousin Robbin Suzanne O’Connor, of Southern Pines; second cousins Docken Polk, of northern California, and Bonnie Thompson, of Garden Grove, Calif.; and third cousins Gail Thompson, also of Garden Grove,and Steven Thompson, of Japan.
Memorials may be made to: Friend to Friend (domestic violence and sexual assault services) P.O. Box 1508, Carthage, NC 28327.
Fry and Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage is assisting with the services and arrangements.