From The Healing Springs Mountain VHF Society
and local Hams
Ken Hedrick, AK4KH
Ken held the Extra Class license AK4KH and was an active member of the Healing Springs Mountain VHF Society, serving on the Board of Directors. Ken was particularly active in VHF and 20 and 40 meter HF SSB.
George Lee Clifton, WD4DVS
George graduated in 1942 from Lexington High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 – 1965, stationed all over the world. George was a Flight Engineer and Instructor and served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He flew with the Hurricane Hunters, charting at least 13 hurricanes. After retiring from the service, George returned to Lexington in 1966, and retired from Owens Illinois after 11 years in 1987. George then operated his own electrical business, Clifton Electric until 2015.
George held the General Class license WD4DVS and was a ham radio operator for Army/MARS.
Billy "Bill" Reeves Bullard, KA4LHU
1936 - 2016
Licensed as KA4LHU and member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Billy enjoyed using his radios to talk to people all over the world; to provide clear communication channels to help first responders during Governor-declared State of Emergency hurricanes that battered North Carolina's southeastern shoreline; and, proudly served his country by connecting homesick service men and women at sea to their state side loved ones. Billy was a long-time member of the Healing Springs Mountain VHF Society and our resident expert on scanners and scanning.
Charles Edward Forshee, W4UWG, 1924 - 2017
A lifelong resident of Davidson County, Charles Edward Forshee served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Amvets, VFW Post 3074 and Woodman of the World. He was a retired supervisor from Burlington Industries.
Licensed as W4UWG, he was among the most senior members of the Healing Springs Mountain VHF Society. As his health declined he was less able to join us at meetings and Field Day events, but his spirit was always present.
Larry O'Neal Hanes, WB4EMG, December 28, 1940 - July 18, 2017
Larry Hanes was a lifelong resident of Davidson County. Retired after a career at Smurfit Stone Container, Larry wasn't one to take it easy. In addition to his interest in amateur radio, Larry doted on his grandchildren, gardened extensively, framed artwork, was a wine maker and coached youth sports. He was an accomplished fisherman, found anywhere from North Carolina's Outer Banks to the Southern Chesapeake Bay. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Robert Bailey "Bob" Farrington, NC4BB, June 4, 1936 - July 17, 2018
Bob Farrington was a 30 year TV reporter who worked in several large markets, a helicopter pilot, a charter aircraft pilot, a flight instructor and, as he put it in his self-written obituary, "And, later in life my hobby of the Ham radio."
Bob was an highly talented and accomplished individual, and will be missed by his family and all who knew him.