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Graveside Service

Calvary Missionary Methodist Church
Monday May 20th, 2019

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Buffalo Cemetery
Monday May 20th, 2019

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Herbert Clayton "H.C." Moretz

Herbert Clayton “H.C.” Moretz


One of Sanford’s most colorful residents, Herbert Clayton “H.C.” Moretz (86) passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 16, 2019 at Central Carolina Hospital.


He had been in failing health but was his indomitable self until hospitalized. Always with a strong opinion and not afraid to state it, he was a prolific writer of fiction with one published book, “H’s Stories,” along with three unpublished manuscripts and numerous short stories. He was a homespun philosopher, historian, quick witted and generous to a fault. He loved a political argument and always sided with the underdog. He always found some good in all people.


H.C. was born in Boone, NC on January 12, 1933, the oldest of four children. He lived in Wilmington, NC during World War II where his father helped build warships. He was a veteran of the Korean War and spent time in Japan. After WWII, with a couple of interim moves, H.C.’s family settled in Sanford, where he founded Moretz Electrical Company and began his writing passion. He built a home on key road and loved the place with a palpable passion.


In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his youngest brother, James Douglas. He is survived by daughter Sandra (Hal) Dixon, sons Clay (Nan), Mike (Dawn), grandchildren Burton (Ashley) and Elizabeth Dixon, Adam (Conley) and Colton and Madison Moretz; great grandchildren Claire and Brooks; sister Norma Horvitz and brother, Bobby (Ruth) Moretz in addition to nephews and grand and great grand nephews; and his children’s mother, Mary Moretz. He is also survived by his longtime friend, Amanda Tillman, and her son Trey Thomas. He will be missed by many.


A graveside service will be held Monday May 20th, 2019 at Buffalo Cemetery at 2PM


Friends and family will gather at The Venue at Café 121 following the service 



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My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and loved ones at this most difficult time. Please allow this loving scripture found in the Gods word of a future promise provide you with comfort.
Revelation 21:4 - And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.

Sheila Jun 20 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, Mike. Our condolences to all your family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!
Jack and Joan Oakley

Jack and Joan Oakley May 28 2019 12:00 AM

Mike and Clay, we are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Kurt & Robyn Henningsen May 21 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Herbert Clayton Moretz

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Expression of Sympathy May 20 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Herbert Clayton Moretz

Helen & Chris May 19 2019 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers to this beautiful family.

Rachel Lewis May 19 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Herbert Clayton Moretz

Jack and Betty Oldham & John(Oak Island) May 19 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Herbert Clayton Moretz

Wilson and Cynthia Myers May 19 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss of HC ,God Bless You All. . DEBBY AND JOE. NMB,SC

Debby May 18 2019 12:00 AM

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