Hugh Webster, former state senator and register of deeds, dies at 78

Former state senator and Alamance County Register of Deeds Hugh Webster, 78, passed away Friday following a period of declining health.

A Republican and a Caswell County native, Webster represented Alamance and Caswell counties in the state senate from 1995 until 2006.

Webster was later appointed as Alamance County’s Register of Deeds in December 2010 to complete the unexpired term of then-registrar David Barber, following his election to clerk of superior court.  He went on to win a full four-year term as the county’s registrar in the 2012 general election, defeating Democrat Becky Mock by a 52-48 percent margin, and ran unopposed in 2016.

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As state senator, in about 2005.
Addressing the Republican Executive Committee, in seeking to be appointed as Register of Deeds, December 10, 2010.
A week later, being sworn in as register of deeds on December 20, 2010 by superior court judge Wayne Abernathy.
At county commissioners meeting, June 20, 2011.
Before county commissioners July 15, 2013.
At county commissioner meeting February 18, 2019.
During county commissioner meeting in December 2019.

Webster retired as Register of Deeds in 2020, opting not to seek reelection to a third term.

A farmer and a certified public accountant, Webster earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1965 and later served two years in the U.S. Army.’

An obituary posted online by Lowe Funeral Home lists the following survivors: wife Patricia “Pat” Webster; sons LeGrand Webster and Noel Webster-Ramey;  two grandchildren; sister Geraldine Fuqua; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents and a brother and sister.

A celebration of life is planned for 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Union United Methodist Church in Leasburg in Caswell County.