October 27, 1927 ~ May 19, 2019

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William H. “Bill” Cogburn, Jr., (also known as “Bulls Eye Bill”) 91, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the NC State Veterans Home in Black Mountain.

Born in Asheville, Bill was a son of the late William H. and Annie Jane Reel Cogburn. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Beverly June Cogburn and by a son, William H. Cogburn, III.

He was a graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School and retired as a Captain with the Asheville Fire Dept.

He was a member of the national and local Muzzle Loading Association and a life member of the Asheville Rifle and Gun Club. He was an avid reader (especially history), and enjoyed Nascar and airplanes. He will be remembered also as a great story teller.

He is survived by two sons, Paul F. Cogburn and Michael Cogburn (Karen); grandsons, Jefferson James Cogburn and Richard Scott Whitson; and by his grand-dog, “Pistol Annie Oakley”.

Funeral services with Fire Department honors will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. Stan Welch and Chaplain Jack Taylor will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at Green Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service.

Flowers will be appreciated, or memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.


Funeral Service: May 22, 2019 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Visitation: May 22, 2019 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806



Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Paul and Mike,

    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  2. Sorry for your Father passed away. I know my parents loved when he came over to visit them (L.A. and Mary Cogburn). I guess the last couple of times I seen Cousin Billy was when he came to my daughter got married, before my father passed away and at my Father funeral.
    When my father came back from WWII my father gave Billy a coin that a Germany patient gave to my father. Cousin Billy had it on his key chain.
    Great memories of you father.
    God bless!

  3. He was really a joy to behold ! Tall and gentle , he had a pleasantness rarely seen today.
    We will miss him at the Cogburn Reunions .

  4. Bill and I worked together for many years, as he was my window treatment installer a couple times each week. He was patient, and a great teacher of the practical aspects of measuring, hardware and fabrication; subjects that were not taught in a college interior design program. We had a lot of fun on the jobs and I always enjoyed our time together. He became like a family member. I have some great memories of a great guy!

  5. So sorry to Paul, Michael, and Karen. There’s not much I can add to what’s already been said except that I will carry Bill and the many lessons he taught me in my heart for the rest of my life.

  6. Just found out today of Bill’s passing. I knew him through the Asheville Rifle and Pistol Club. He was an excellent teacher and competitor in shooting muzzleloaders. His good hearted nature and stories will be greatly missed. No doubt earth’s loss is heaven’s gain. May God bless his family with many wonderful memories of this unique man.

  7. Bill was an exceptionally nice guy, a real good person whom I’ve met at AR&P Club many years ago.
    Being a WW 2 veteran during the ‘Pacific Theater’ he was my hero who has served our wonderful country.

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