Celebrating the New Year with a New Home

In the summer of 1919 a group of World War I veterans gathered in Raleigh to consider creating an American Legion Department for the State of North Carolina.  From that convention, local veterans from Chapel Hill joined together for a Chapel Hill Post and received their Charter on August 28th, 1919. Learn more about our post’s history.

Thousands of Orange County veterans have since called Chapel Hill Post No. 6 their home.  They have built two post homes to serve veterans and their families.  It is now time to move once more and to build post home number three to support veterans for “the next one hundred years.”

Click on earth mover to see site photos.

The bulldozers and earthmovers are working overtime to prepare our new site.  We are excited and look forward to the completion of construction in the Fall of 2019. 

Our site is setback from NC Highway 54 near White Cross and not yet visible from the highway.  It is accessible via a construction road (sorry, no sightseeing).  You can not see much as we are still clearing and preparing the land.  We’ve added a large roadway sign to let the community and passersby know that we are on our way. 

We encourage and welcome all veterans in Chapel Hill, Orange County, and nearby communities to join with local American Legionnaires of Chapel Hill Post No. 6 build and equip their new home.  Contact us by email at adjutant@chapelhillpost6.com.

 

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Funeral Service for Bill McDonald

William “Bill” McDonald passed away in late October and his funeral service is this month on December 15th.  All American Legionnaires are encouraged to attend the funeral of this long time Post 6 member.  Jacket and tie with American Legion Cap is appropriate attire.

Funeral details follow:

Graveside Service, Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM, Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery, Legion Road, Chapel Hill, NC.

Family to Receive Friends on Saturday, December 15, 2018, 3:00 PM, American Legion Post 6, 1714 Legion Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

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Christmas Party Set for Post 6

Our final event of the year is our Annual Christmas Party.  The date is December 8th.  We gather at about 5:30 p.m. for a social hour and enter the dining room at about 6:30 p.m.

So it is time for you to gather your Christmas finery  and dress up for our 99th year of celebrating Christmas at Chapel Hill Post 6.

Learn more by  reading the Commander’s Christmas Note.  Click here

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Passing of Past Post 6 Auxiliary President Lisa Heavlin

NOTICE CORRECTION TO FUNERAL SERVICE START TIME – 10 A.M.

A  Special Note from the Post Commander

Dear fellow legionnaires, it is with deep regret that I report to you the loss of Lee and Yoli’s daughter, Lisa Heavlin.  After a two month battle, she succumbed to a serious illness on Saturday, October 27th, surrounded by her family and many close friends.

You may remember Lisa as a staunch Auxiliary supporter and energetic woman who always supported the American Legion in spirit and in duty. She also served as Chapel Hill Post 6 Auxiliary President. She and her fiancé (who also recently passed) always volunteered for many of our projects and functions. 

She joined with other Heavlin family members in personal hands-on restoration work of Post 6 during our initial phase of Post 6 Restoration. 

Lee has been a post member for 20 years and for all those years Lisa has worked alongside him on Post projects, Memorial Day, and many other American Legion programs and conferences. As Robert Patton frequently said, “When Heavlin goes to work, you get the Heavlin Family.” She will be missed by all of those who knew her and her big, beaming smile at the Legion and in the local community.

I believe the best way we can show support for Lee and Yoli is to attend the funeral services as your schedules permit.  Wear your Blue American Legion cap.  Those services are as follows:  Funeral Mass, 10 a.m., Thursday, November 8, 2018, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.  Inurnment will take place immediately after the funeral mass and at the church columbarium.  A reception and celebration of life follows at about 11 a.m. in the Friends and Family Hall.

The family suggests a donation in her honor to the Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home (UNC Healthcare), Pittsboro, NC, in lieu of flowers.

Lee, Yoli, Lauralee, and Jorge, on behalf of all the Legionaries at Post 6, we want to express our deepest condolences to your family.

Bill Munsee, Post 6 Commander

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Bill McDonald Passing

William Clay McDonald, Jr. age 91, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. 

Bill was an active member of American Legion Post 6, Chapel Hill, NC, for many years.  He was a strong advocate of Post 6’s revitalization program and assisted with fundraising. He is pictured here with one of his hand-carved duck decoys that he provided for a fundraiser.

A graduate of Rockingham High School he attended NC State College and UNC Charlotte. He served his country in the Army Air Corps. Bill worked as Advertising Director of the Charlotte Observer Newspaper; the Tallahassee Democrat, the Chapel Hill Newspaper, and at Lowe’s.

Bill was a member of University Presbyterian Church of Chapel Hill, NC; past president of the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club; board member of Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals-On-Wheels; and was a UNC Hospital volunteer.

Bill is survived by his wife Kathryn (Pat) Patton, of 66 years, his daughters.

Funeral services will be posted later at cremationsocietync.com and a memorial service is planned for December 2018.

Bill’s detailed obituary is available for download.  Click Here

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Passing of Mary “Pinky” Fuller

We are so very sorry to report the passing of a “Post Treasure,” Mary “Pinky” Ward Fuller, after an extended illness. Mary King Fuller, 76, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018.

Pinky was a delightful person with boundless energy and optimism who gave so much to the post to ensure that our veterans and their families found the Post home a welcoming place. As Post Adjutant, she would brainstorm ideas with me about what could be done to make social gatherings a “Wow!” event. With the help of her husband, Buddy, she would bring lots and lots of items to the Post to liven up the setting. At events like our Christmas Party, did you ever wonder about the fancy linen chair covers and table decorations? It was Pinky and she funded it herself. She also added lighting and much more.

It was her selfless drive to make life nicer for others and boundless optimism that struck me. She was a jewel and we shall truly miss her. Pinky and Buddy Fuller served on one of the new Post Home design committees.

A Visitation will be held Thursday evening, October 4, 2018, at Hudson Funeral Home from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Hudson Funeral Home
211 S. Miami Blvd.
Durham, NC 27703

The Funeral Service will take place on Friday, October 5, 2018, at Sorrell Grove Baptist Church at 1:00 PM.

Sorrell Grove Baptist Church
210 Sorrell Grove Church Rd.
Morrisville, NC 27560

I hope you will join us as we honor Pinky and support her husband, Buddy, and her family and friends.
Please wear your American Legion or Auxiliary Caps and name badges to represent our solidarity at this very sad time.

Lee Heavlin, Post Adjutant

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Surf and Turf Night at Post 6

Twice a year we have found an opportunity to serve a very special meal at the post.  This time it is the upcoming dedication of our new post home site, pre-construction phase.

Our Steak and Salmon “Surf and Turf” night is returning with the addition of a veggie plate for those with a special diet.  You can sign up for the meal of your choice at the September Post 6 Meeting on Tuesday, Sep 11th.  Cost?  Just $10 per person for members and guests.

Don’t delay.  Reserve your space and choices on Sep 11th!  Don’t forget to bring a fellow vet to the Post on SEPTEMBER 11th as your guest.  Show them our home and ask them, “Don’t you want to belong to Chapel Hill Post No. 6?”

 

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And so it begins…

We do not know about you, but the Post 6 Officers are getting excited.  Our permits are in hand for most of our building project and more are about to be released. 

Our access road has been trimmed and leveled a bit to allow easier access.  Bulldozers and graders are staged.  We have also seen crews busily erecting the bright orange barriers to protect certain areas.

Construction will begin soon and we expect to have our new home up and occupied before our 100th Birthday Celebration in 2019.

Our site is a hard hat and special gear zone from now until completion.  You should not attempt to enter the work area or disturb the working crews.  Bruce Runberg and his team are our voice.  Other voices are not welcome and are discouraged.

We understand that you might like to visit and we will have opportunities–like we have already sponsored preconstruction–for you to tour.  We ask you to watch our website news blog for information on events.  As always, we provide updates at post meetings and at the Executive Committee meetings (first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m) which are open to all members.

Want to volunteer to serve on a committee?  Just let Bruce Runberg, Nick Cervantes or Robert Medred know.  New members and observers are always welcome.

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71 Years and Counting

There are many stories to share at Post 6 and it is going to be hard to top this one.  Elmer and Kit Hughes are celebrating their 71st Wedding Anniversary this month!

Aug. 10, 1947 to Aug. 10, 2018. “And they said it wouldn’t last.”  Congratulations from all of the post members and Auxiliary to Elmer and Kit.

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Post 7 Fish Fry Coming – July 27

Just a wee bit down the road our comrades in Durham are hosting a July Fish Fry.  A few of our members have reported that their fish is pretty good and very tasty.

Let’s support Durham Post 7 and stop by on Friday, July 27th for some fish and fellowship. 

They have been working hard at rebuilding their post.  Maybe we can learn a few things from them as we build our new home.

 

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