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Outgoing conservative GOP commissioner dies following Thanksgiving stroke

County commissioner William H. “Bill” Lashley, 75, a 22-year veteran of the Alamance County board of commissioners who did not seek re-election this year, died at Cone Hospital early Saturday morning after a Thanksgiving night stroke, according to family members.

Lashley has served most of the past 24 years, except for a two-year gap between 2014-2016.

The staunchly conservative Republican commissioner often voted against county budgets, particularly those that called for a property tax increase.  During his tenure, he was also a watchdog on county spending and a frequent critic of the school system for failing to oversee spending.

His son, who also goes by “Bill,” is slated to be one of three new commissioners to be sworn in on December 7. The senior Lashley is also survived by his wife of 8 years, Peggy; a daughter, Melissa Hadley of Elon; and two of three step-children, Jon Lambert and Kim Black (another stepson, Jimmy Lambert predeceased him); two grandchildren and four step grandchildren.

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Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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