H. Wayne's Story
H. Wayne Bland, the mayor of Bland Hollow, met his Lord and Savior on Jan. 21, 2017, with his boots on doing what he loved.
He was born at home on July 1, 1950, the youngest of four children born to the late Thurman "Gib" and Vivian Butcher Bland. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1968, where he played basketball and football. He was the smallest tackle in Marion County. He was a proud member of the UMWA, retiring in 2006. He loved to fish, hunt and camp at Bemis. He loved to take care of his cattle and bale hay on his farm. He loved to have campfires and have his family and friends near. He loved the beach at the Outer Banks and traveling with his side-by-side buddies. He was a Cub Scout leader when his boys were small and a Sunday school teacher at Bethel United Methodist Church for many years, and more recently a member of the Noah's Ark Assembly of God Church in Fairview.
He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Debra; their sons, Brian (Kari) Bland, Steven (Andrea) Bland, Gary (Tricia May) Bland; six grandchildren that he loved dearly and loved watching them play sports or just run around the house, Gavin, Maylie, Gabe, Isabella, Ryder and Savanna; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Thurman, Jr. (Belinda) Bland and Robert (Kathy) Bland; a sister and brother-in-law, Sarah (Jack) Huff; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill (Diane) White; and several nieces and nephews including three nephews who were like sons, Lee Huff, Jamie Bland and Tyler Huff.
Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hutson Funeral Home in Farmington. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Noah's Ark Assembly of God Church in Fairview with Pastor Delas Stuzen officiating. Mr. Bland will lie in state one hour prior to the services at the church. A private committal service will be held for immediate family at the Bland Family Cemetery.
Online condolences may be accessed at www.hutsonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on January 23, 2017