Herbert Hoover Finger, Sr.

Born: Tue., Nov. 5, 1929
Died: Mon., Aug. 24, 2015


1:30 PM to 2:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 28, 2015
Location: Moore's Chapel Baptist Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Aug. 28, 2015
Location: Moore's Chapel Baptist Church

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Herbert Hoover Finger, Sr was born November 5, 1929 in Catawba County.  He transitioned peacefully to his heavenly home on August 24, 2015.  His parents were the late Sidney Guy Finger and the late Martha Gibbs Finger.  He was the 8th child of 10 children.  His siblings that have preceded him in death are: Emma Wilson, Nellie Rose Bess, Avery Finger, Verlin Finger, Alfred Finger, James Finger and Guy Finger, Sr.

He was married to the late Angilue Moore Finger for 67 years.

Herbert, who was most affectionately called “Fat”, spent his younger years in Catawba and Rowan Counties.  The nickname Fat came from him being chubby as a child.  His Father; Mr. Sid, was a    sharecropper in Catawba and Rowan County.  Mr. Sid was Herbert’s first example of a hard worker.  Herbert took on many of Mr. Sid’s attributes.  When Herbert was approaching his teenage years, the family moved to Lincoln County to be sharecroppers. 

Herbert’s first job was at a saw mill.  He learned early on that hard work, integrity and honesty were important.  He would tell you, “Work is the name of the game.” and “If you can’t make a dollar, make 50 cents.”

As a young man at the age of 16, Herbert married Angilue.  Herbert built their first house out of weather board.  As time went along, he built walls in the house from second hand sheetrock that was given to him from railroad cars.  Herbert and Angilue built a wonderful life together, rooted in the church.  They lived for their family.

During the early family years, Herbert worked for Ernest Shrum for 16 years building houses.  He learned much of his construction knowledge during this time.  From digging footings to laying brick, Herbert became an expert in building houses. 

Herbert ultimately worked for Ethan Allen for 27 years in maintenance.  He retired from Ethan Allen at the age of 62, but continued to work his side jobs for extra income.  His side work included bush      hogging and selling pallets.

Herbert was full of colorful stories.  The family would sometimes need meat for dinner and he would set out in the woods with 2 shells to catch a rabbit.  He said that sometimes, to save his shells, he would hit the rabbit in the head with a rock.  Herbert said, “You never wanted to use your last shell, you always want to have one handy, just in case someone tried to come along and take advantage of ya”.

Another favorite story was of his first plane ride at the age of 83.  He saw Obama’s house.  He enjoyed looking out the plane window.

Herbert always had a garden.  He would grow a number of things, including greens, corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, green beans, tomatoes…the list goes on and on.  When asked if he sold items from his Garden he stated, Noooooooooo (which is one of his favorite phrases that we try to imitate).  He said, “Noooooooooo, I always gave it away, even if I needed the money, because I knew it would pay off in the long run.  I would do a whole lot better by giving it away.”  It’s the principal of reaping and sowing.  Herbert learned this at an early age and followed this belief his whole life.

 Herbert was the family problem solver.  Even as a child, Herbert would be the one to build things or fix items that would become broken at home.  Whatever issue you were having with a car, your garden, your house, creating a device to make your life easier, your family – Herbert had a solution.  If you asked him a question, he’d make this face while trying to catch what you’re saying…ask Trey and Tyler to make it for you, they have it down pat.  Some of the items that he created with his own hands and ingenuity include: a baby chick incubator, plant stand with wheels, aprons for show and tell at school, tin can stilts, animal traps, dog houses and cages, a ladder transporter for the top of a car, an arm to reach high light bulbs, extension cords, picnic tables, a car pit, sling shots, swings for the kids, frame for Moore’s Chapel Church Covenant and the coveted puzzle that no one can seem to solve.

Herbert was confirmation that we are all born with God given gifts.  He took every opportunity to use his natural gifts to help others.

When Herbert was diagnosed with some health challenges, we never heard him complain.  Instead, if you asked him how he was doing, he would say, “beautiful, just beautiful”.  He knew that we are what we speak and that we frame our world by the words we say.  He was full of wisdom. 

Herbert is survived by two sisters: Dora Cooper and Christine Moore. 

He was the Father of four children: Sandra Wingate (Charles), Renee Friday, Yvonne Finger and Herbert Finger, Jr. (Rayphine).

He was Grandfather to 10 Grandchildren: Charzett Logan (Matthew), Leslie Rhyne (Antoine), Marian LaSalle (Reyes - “Tony”), Nikki Finger, Jerry Friday, Jr, Tyler Friday (Danielle), Chasity Reid (Corey),  Herbert “Trey” Finger, III (Nicky), Karla Finger and Wesley “Dupree” Finger.

He was the Great-Grandfather to 13 Great-Grandchildren: Reyes LaSalle, Jr., Kaniyia Brown, Malcolm LaSalle, Jayle Rhodes, Serenity Finger, Kiyana Hollingsworth, Amontre Finger, D’yanni Rhyne, Kelsey Hollingsworth, Wesley “Damon” Finger, Aidden Rhyne, Jaidden Rhyne and Lyriq Friday.  One of the great lines that Herbert would say about his Great-Grandchildren is “What yence doing to em”.  All of the Great-Grandchildren love to come to Nana and Fat’s.  They were allowed to eat, play and basically do what they wanted to do - within reason.  Sometimes Fat would threaten to get the “suader”, which is short for persuader or hickory switch to get the little ones in line.  Fat never used it on them though.

He is additionally survived by a host of nieces and nephews including a Special Great Niece, Tracy Ormsby and her daughter Dominique.

Herbert Hoover Finger, Sr – Fat, was the patriarch of our family.  He was our leader.  Herbert was full of wisdom, humor, knowledge, love, a listening ear and sometimes a sharp tongue.  He would zing you if he got the chance.  His wit was like no other.  You would mostly find him with a toothpick in his mouth, wearing black suspenders and a “rule” and pocket knife in his pocket. He loved to watch the sun rise at the beach.  He loved Angilue’s fried catfish nuggets.  He was the smartest and strongest man we know.

Fat was truly an original.  He lived a Blessed Life!!

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Debbie George
   Posted Thu August 27, 2015
To the Family of Uncle Fat,
I am a friend of Tracey Ormsby and I would like to express my sympathy to the family!!

Rev.and Mrs Jimmie Norwood
   Posted Fri August 28, 2015
May God bless you today and in the days to come .We want you to know
we share in your sorrow, Mr. Finger meant so very much to us. We shall always remember the kindness of your family.
Love The Norwoods

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