03/30/11 — NATHAN HAM

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Sept. 25, 1929-March 29, 2011

Nathan "Happy" Ham, 81, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Nathan was born in Johnston County Sept. 25, 1929, to the late James Oscar Ham and Ruth Butler Ham.

He was a graduate of Goldsboro High School Class of 1948.

Nathan was an avid lover of automobiles. He owned and operated Ham's Used Cars in Adamsville for more than 35 years until his retirement.

After his retirement, he and his wife, Dot provided day care to numerous children, including his grandchildren, for 17 years. These children were truly special, and kept him young until he was physically unable to continue.

Nathan was a member of First Baptist Church in Goldsboro, where he served as deacon and an usher. He was also a member of the Friendship class.

A graveside service will be held at Wayne Memorial Park Friday, April 1, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Dr. Glenn Phillips and the Rev. Scott Thrailkill officiating.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ray Ham, and his sisters, Frances Ham Taylor and Melba Ham.

Nathan is survived by his wife, Dorothy Howell Ham; his sons, Glenn Ham and fiancée, Willma Guilliams, Steve Ham and wife, Kris, and Darrell Ham and wife, Ann, all of Goldsboro; his five grandchildren, Jamie Ham and wife, Heather, Paige Ham, Mitchel Ham, Meredith Harrison and husband, Josh, and Nick Ham and wife, Julie; four great-grandchildren; and many "adopted children."

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southeastern Cancer Care at 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C., 27534, or First Baptist Church at 125 S. John St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

The family will receive friends other times at the residence.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome. com.


Published in Obituaries on March 30, 2011 1:48 PM