George C. McBane, Jr., 71, of Morganton, passed away at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, NC on Tuesday March 1, 2011. He was the son of the late George C. McBane, Sr. and Alice Mitchell McBane and was born in Alamance County, NC. George was a graduate of Hillsborough High School and NC State University. He was employed by SGL Carbon Corporation from June, 1963 until his retirement as Director of Engineering and Capital Planning in May, 2000.He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Strayhorn McBane of the home; sons, George C. McBane, III and wife, Susanne Buchau of Grand Rapids, MI and William S. McBane and wife, Lisa McBane of Statesville; grandchildren, David and Matthew McBane of Statesville and Katja and Rebekah McBane of Grand Rapids.A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church, 100 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC with Rev. Michael Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church parlor.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the following charities: Piedmont Council Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 1059, Gastonia, NC 28053, The Parkinson Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, or to the Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting with arrangements.

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