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Herbert Clayton "H.C." Moretz

January 12, 1933 — May 16, 2019

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not afraid to state it, he was a prolific writer of fiction with one published book, “H’s Stories,” along with three unpublished manuscripts and numerous short stories.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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Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Service

Monday, May 20, 2019

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Calvary Missionary Methodist Church

185 Calvary Church Rd, Sanford, NC 27332

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Monday, May 20, 2019

Starts at 2:45 pm (Eastern time)

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