THOMASVILLE — Mr. Fred Yates Plummer, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 4, 1937 in Randolph County, Asheboro, NC to Fred Olin Plummer Jr. and Bertha Yates Plummer, both of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from Spencer High School in Spencer, NC in 1956. After high school, he first started working with Owens-Illinois Glass Co., a box plant located in Spencer, NC and then started a career in Law Enforcement with the NC Highway Patrol in June 1959. He remained with the Highway Patrol until 1967, transferring to the License and Theft Division, and remaining there until retiring in Oct. of 1988. After leaving Law Enforcement, he worked for PPG fiber glass plant in Lexington until 1993, then went to work for Carolina American Tours in Greensboro, NC until totally retiring in 2009. He served from 1961 to 1963 with the US Army at Fort Lee, VA. He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Thomasville, having served on several committees within the church and currently serving as Chairperson of the Finance Committee. He was a current member of the Thomasville Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite consistory of Winston-Salem, the Oasis Shrine Temple of Charlotte, NC and the Order of the Eastern Star of Lexington #98, each for over 55 years. He was a member of the Pilot Lion’s Club for 53 years, having served as President, numerous offices within the Club, including, Secretary for 40 years, received Lion of the Year from the Pilot Club and was elected by Lions International to serve as District Governor of Lions District 31-E for the Lions year of 2004-2005. While serving as District Governor, numerous awards were received, including a Melvin Jones Fellow, a John Stickly Fellow Award and various commendations from Lions International. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the state of North Carolina by then Governor Beverly Perdue in 2010. He spent the last five years of his life traveling to see all of his grandchildren who he loved deeply.
On March 4, 1961, he married Mary Helen Gammons, who survives of the home; also surviving are his children, Mona Plummer Caudle of Summerville, SC and Fred Andrew (Andy) Plummer and wife Tamara of Thomasville; grandchildren, Mary Gillian Caudle Weindorf and husband Luke of Summerville, SC, Madison Noel Caudle and fiancé Billy Todd of Summerville, SC, Sydney Claire Plummer of Chapel Hill, NC, Bayley Blaire Plummer of Boone, NC, and Laney Alyson Plummer of Thomasville, NC; and brother, Maurice Stephen Plummer and wife Doris of Salisbury, NC.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Thomasville with Rev. Dr. Ed McKinney and Rev. Duane Corle officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery with military rites provided by the NC National Guard Honor Guard. The funeral will be live streamed via Facebook and can be found at Fairview UMC Thomasville, NC Facebook page at 2 p.m. Mr. Plummer will lie in state on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 from 5 — 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 from 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. at the J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home for members of the community to pay their respects. No formal visitation will be held. Memorials may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607. Online condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com.