My grandfather, Horace "Buford" York, a farmer from the small community of Harmony in rural Iredell County, NC, started the other family business known as York Auction & Realty. He was the father of seven children, grandfather of 14 grandchildren, and the great-grandfather of... to be honest, I have lost track of how many great-grandchildren. Buford was well-known throughout the community and the state. He was a farmer, an avid outdoorsman, a member of the local school board, and even a trick rider performing stunts on his trick horse named Dottie when he was a boy. From the stories that I have heard, he grew up attending country cattle sales with his father where he learned to mimic the auctioneers, and in 1935, he put his childhood skills to work and created the second family business, York Auction & Realty. After he retired, my uncle, "Horace" Buford York, Jr., and my father, William "Bill" York, continued on with the family business. The company is the truest definition of a "family business." My grandmother and mother clerked and managed the office for years before their passing, and Horace's wife Joan, his daughter Angela, and his grandson Hunter have worked at his auctions.His son Michael helped as well. My cousins Gail, Heather, and Brian, my sister Emily, and I grew up attending auctions, and we continue to help today. Aside from family, there are additional staff members who have known and worked with the York family for years. A long-time family friend, Joyce Phipps Scott, worked in the office, helping my mother after my grandmother retired. With everyone's support, here we are, eighty-some years later, keeping my grandfather's legacy and the family business alive today.
- D. York
Bill York, Auctioneer, Harmony, NC
Horace York, Auctioneer, Clemmons, NC
Other Members of the Staff: Gail Nellis (Buford's Granddaughter),
James Reavis, Ryan & April Gregory, Tracy Skeens,
& Dare York (Buford's Granddaughter, Bill’s Daughter)
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