He was born in Hickory, N.C., to the late Joseph and Mary Bass Ezell. He was a retired insurance administrator and was of the Unitarian Universalist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.
Survivors include: a special sister-in-law, Verena Galloway Burnette of Rabun Gap; two brothers-in-law, Lawton Galloway and Burnell Galloway, both of Clayton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The body has been cremated, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.