Louis Gautier passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Boles Funeral Home Chapel in Southern Pines.

Born October 9, 1928 in Craven County, Louis was raised in Raleigh, NC by his mother, Nancy McCullough. There he attended Raleigh Public Schools before graduating from Oak Ridge Military Academy, Oak Ridge, North Carolina. He competed on the Raleigh City AAU swim team and later attended Salisbury Teachers College where he lettered in basketball.

He left college to take a position with Trailways Bus Company as a manager. A self-described “bus hustler,” his successful career saw him move to Maryland, Connecticut, Vermont, and later to Florida where he made many lifelong friends.

Louis loved to be with people, often organizing golf events or traveling to his beloved Portugal.

He was large of statue earning him the affectionate moniker, “Big Lou,” he was competent and honest in all his dealings with people, and a generous friend and benefactor to all. His was a full and rewarding life and he will be missed by his many friends.

Donations in memory of Louis may be made to FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com

Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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