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Billy Max Hargett

October 11, 1930 — July 26, 2022

Billy Max Hargett

ASHEVILLE - Billy Max Hargett, 91 of Asheville, North Carolina, formerly of Kannapolis, North Carolina, left this world on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, to join his lovely wife, Emma, in Heaven.  He was the son of the late Lindsay and Ara Snyder Hargett.

Billy graduated in 1949 from J. W. Cannon High School in Kannapolis, NC.  To further his education, he attended Western Kentucky University, University of Illinois, University of North Carolina and Benjamin Franklin University, Washington, D.C.  Following graduation from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia, he served as a member of the Langley Air Force Band in Hampton, VA.  After spending several months in Florence, SC and Sarasota, FL in various phases of the music business, Billy attended Catawba College in Salisbury, NC pursuing a major in accounting.  Subsequently, he became employed by the IRS, serving as an Internal Revenue Agent in Asheville, NC; Tax Law Specialist in Washington, DC; an Assistant Regional Commissioner in Atlanta, GA and a Director of Employee Plans/Exempt Organizations Division in Washington, DC retiring in 1985.

Billy was married for 44 years to the beautiful Emma Sluder Hargett, who died August 7, 2006.  Also preceding him in death was his brother, Rupert Hartsell Hargette, who died August 15, 2003.

Survivors include longtime friend and caregiver, Vanessa Sluder and husband Randy; sister-in-law Joy Hargette of Waynesville, NC; nephews John and Paul Hargette of South Carolina.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2022, at Mountain View Baptist Church in Alexander, NC with the Rev. Randy Sluder officiating.

West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, c/o Miss Becky Ponder, 15 Harbeck Drive, Weaverville, NC 28787-9411.

For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Hargett’s obituary at

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Graveside Service

Friday, July 29, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Mountain View Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery

769 Alexander Rd, Alexander, NC 28701

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