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William Frank "Bill" Rosser

William “Bill” Frank Rosser, 73, of Sanford, died Saturday (5/2/20).


Bill was born in Sanford, North Carolina on July 21, 1946, to the late Frank Mellon Rosser and Annie Belle Wicker Rosser.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Harold Clifton Stewart, Jr.


Bill graduated from Sanford Central High School in 1964. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.  During the summers of his college years, he interned with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  After graduating from college, he served six years in the Army Reserves.  In 1969, Bill joined NCDOT and in his nearly 40 year career, he held many roles including State Maintenance Engineer, Division Maintenance Engineer, Division 6 Engineer (Fayetteville), and Division 8 Engineer (Aberdeen).  At the time of his first retirement he was serving as Director of Field Support.  Shortly after his retirement, he returned to NCDOT as the State Highway Administrator.  He was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine in October 2006.


Bill was a lifelong member of Shallow Well Church.  He loved spending time with his family, his dog Dottie and living on the family farm.


Bill is survived by daughter, Kelli Hulsey (Steven) of Sanford; son Frank Rosser (Emily) of Broadway; one sister, Carolyn MacDonald (Neil) of Sanford; and four grandchildren, MacKenzie Hulsey, Taylor Rosser, Jordan Hulsey and Jackson Rosser.


The family will hold a private graveside service on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.


Memorial contributions may be made to Shallow Well Cemetery Fund, 1220 Broadway Road, Sanford, NC  27332.

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Mr. Rosser was a good friend and mentor. He will be missed. Have a peaceful rest.

Will Beatty Jun 2 2020 12:00 AM

Words can not express the sadness and sorrow that I feel with Bill's passing. He was a kind, gentle, and good man. Always positive and looking for the good in people. During my career, Bill at one time or another was my boss, coworker, leader, guide, mentor but most of all he was my friend. Kelli and Frank cherish those memories of your dad. God will take care of you. Lean on your family and friends.
Robert Crumpler

Robert E. Crumpler May 7 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Rosser

Paige B. Simpson May 6 2020 12:00 AM

Im saddened to learn of Bills passing. We were classmates in Civil Engineering and were part of the same graduating class - 1968. I dont know that we ever crossed paths after graduation, but I always thought of him when I passed through Broadway. My thoughts are with his family!

Travis Tomlinson May 6 2020 12:00 AM

Billy and I were college roommates at State in undergraduate school, and we also went through a year of the Masters program together in Transportation Engineering before I was drafted into the Army. It's been some time since I last saw him, probably when he was the Highway Administrator. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good friend and a good person.

Bill Hunter May 6 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Rosser

RODNEY LEE JACOBS May 6 2020 12:00 AM

Frank & Emily, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Donald Holder May 6 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Rosser

Vickie and Joey Brown May 5 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Rosser

Jack and Betty Oldham(Oak Island,NC) May 5 2020 12:00 AM

Bill will be missed by many. He was a wonderful man. All of the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Shelly Heath May 4 2020 12:00 AM

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