Howard Colden “Butch” Hice, Jr., 77, of Hudson, passed away Saturday April 13, 2024 at his son’s residence following a period of declining health from ALS.

Howard was born on February 6, 1947, in Charleston County, S.C. to the late Howard C. Hice, Sr. and Toyie Bumgarner Hice. Following high school, he obtained his master’s degree in education and was employed by Caldwell County Public Schools where he taught at Whitnel Elementary and Hudson Middle School for over 33 years, and was in the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department for 35 years. He was owner of Hice Electric Company and was an avid outdoorsman and member of the Piedmont Gun Club in Rutherfordton. He was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Terry Hice and a sister, Nancy Ross.

Survivors include his children, Jeffrey Hice and companion Kim Grose of Newton; Michael Hice and companion Leslie Hodge of Granite Falls and Megan Brittain and husband David of Hickory; one brother, Roger Bumgarner and wife Cynthia of Hudson; his grandchildren, Abigail Hice, Grady Hice, Harrison Brittain and Hattie Sue Brittain; also surviving is his partner and companion, Tamara Lunsford of Hudson.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date at Center Grove Baptist Church.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at

Mackie Funeral Service & Cremations of Granite Falls is serving the family.