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Mr. Getachew Abegaz, 64, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Wake Forest Baptist Health High Point Medical Center. He was born March 5, 1955 to the late Fitawrari Abegaz Merra and Weyzero Assefash Mesiker in Debre Tabor, Gonder Ethiopia.

He attended Seventh Day Adventist Elementary School, Kuyera Middle and High School. Getachew continued his studies in art at the school of Arts in Addis Ababa. After graduation he worked in commercial communications and design contributed to many famous and iconic signs displayed at historic locations such as the “Tourist Hotel” “Ras Hotel” in Addis Ababa. He then pursued a career at Ethiopian Airlines prior to moving to the USA and successful entrepreneur. While in Ethiopia he married his sweetheart, Azeb Bezabeh and thus started a forty-year love story. That exemplifies the meaning of true love. Getachew is a much beloved friend, mentor, and respected outstanding member of our community and church. Young and old know him for his kindness and love and willingness to help.

Getachew is survived by the love of his life and true soul mate, his wife, Azeb Bezabeh Abegaz, daughter, Hemuden Abegaz, son, Kerubale Abegaz, youngest daughter, Ledya Abegaz; sisters, Amsale Abegaz, Abebu Abegaz, Ayalnesh Abegaz and Abebaye Abegaz; brothers, Mekuriaw Abegaz, Fekre Negussie, HaileYesus Abegaz; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Service Chapel. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.

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  • Thursday, June 6, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.
  • Friday, June 7, 2019
    The first time I saw Abegaz he was leaving his new house. He waived enthusiastically and said, "Hi neighbor." The next time I saw Abegaz he told me his name with a full Ethiopian accent. Seeing the puzzled look on my face he said, "Everyone calls me Abbe." The next time I saw abbe his shirt was open and I noticed a familiar min-line scar. What's that Abbe?" I asked. He said "Oh that's from my operation. I pulled my shirt down to reveal an identical scar and he said, "We are brothers." We have been brothers ever since.
    ~ Monte D Lee   High Point, NC
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019
    To The Abegaz Family Would like to express my sincere condolences for the loss of your love one. Mr. Abegaz was a very successful man, and I'm sure all of you were very proud of his accomplishments. I'm sure he will be missed in the community for his kindness and love for people. I pray you find comfort in Gods promise found at John 6:40 which says that soon we will see all our loved one again. My deepest condolences to the family.
    ~ Johnson   High Point, NC
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
    2 Corinthians 1:3,4 in the Holy Writings gives us the assurance that "God...the Father of tender mercies" is "the God of all comfort and comforts us in all out trials."
    ~ Rachel Morton   Graham,, NC
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Our sincere sympathies goes to you and yours in this most difficult time . Please find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 which reads: “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials " Our loving God gave us the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). What a joy it will be welcoming back to life our loved ones? You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
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