Harold Hudson Webb



April 30, 1925 - December 15, 2017

Harold H. Webb was born on April 30, 1925 in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of four sons of Haywood E. and Vina W. Webb. He departed this life on December 15, 2017 at WakeMed Hospital at the age of 92.

He attended the public schools of Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina and graduated from secondary school at Henderson Institute, Henderson, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor's degree in Biology, Masters Degree in Education Administration and an honorary Doctor of Humanities from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University at Greensboro, North Carolina. He pursued advanced studies at UNC Chapel Hill, the State University of New York (Oneonta), Northern Illinois University, New Mexico Highlands University, the American Management Association Management Institute in New York, and the National Academy of School Executives in Nevada. Committed to serving our country, Mr. Webb served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a Tuskegee Airman.

Dedicated to being an influence upon our future, our children, Mr. Webb began his professional career as a high school science teacher in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He later became principal of Cedar Grove Elementary School in Orange County North Carolina. He served in the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction as a science supervisor, Assistant Director of National Defense Education Act Programs in North Carolina, Assistant Director of Human Relations, and Deputy State Superintendent as Director of Chapter I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in North Carolina schools.

In 1977, Mr. Webb was appointed by Governor James B. Hunt as Director of State Personnel, the first African-American to serve in that position. Upon his retirement in 1986 he served as a lobbyist for the North Carolina General Assembly. He served on the Wake County Board of Commissioners from 2003 to 2010, serving as Chairman from 2008-2009.

Mr. Webb received numerous honors including: National Alumni award, North Carolina A&T Alumni; Tar Heel of the Week, The Raleigh News and Observer; Distinguished Service Award, St. Augustine's College and Shaw University; Congressional Gold Medal as a Tuskegee Airman March 29, 2007, Washington, D.C.; Raleigh Hall of Fame 2011; Harold H. Webb Day, City of Raleigh, November 14, 2014.
For many years Mr. Webb was actively involved with many public service and community activities serving on boards such as: The University of North Carolina Board of Governors; Shaw University Board of Trustees; Wake Technical Community College Board of Trustees; Wake County Planning Board, Chairman 1988; National Association of State Personnel Executives, President 1984; Raleigh Wake Citizens Association, President 1968; Southeast Raleigh Assembly; Vice Chair Wake Health Services', Inc; Executive Director Charlotte Hawkins Brown Historical Foundation; Strengthening The Black Family, Inc.

Over the years, he was instrumental in numerous democratic campaigns on the local, state and national level. He was also a life-long member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Emeritus Member Sigma Phi Phi Fraternity and the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Wilson Eagleson Chapter at Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Harold was a member of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church of Raleigh where he served in numerous leadership positions including member of vestry, Senior Warden, Junior Warden and member of the choir.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Lucille Holcombe Webb and one daughter Kaye R. Webb of the home. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Cherie Webb Finkbeiner, Fayetteville, NY; Haywood Webb, Clearwater, FL; Alfred Webb, Greensboro, NC; Jeffry Webb, Tampa, FL; Jean Williams, Richmond, VA; a number of great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Haywood E. Webb Jr., Burleigh C. Webb and Reginald H. Webb.

Memorial contributions may be made to NC A & T Foundation, see www.ncat.edu for instructions on giving, St. Ambrose Episcopal Church or Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited, 191 High House Road, Cary, NC 27511.

Funeral service at 12:00 noon Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 813 Darby Street, Raleigh, NC preceded by an 11:00 AM visitation. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens.

Viewing from 2:00 - 5:00 PM on Tuesday December 19, 2017 at Haywood Funeral Home. Wake/visitation from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church.