Wilbur Arthur Cheshire, 83, died Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare following a long illness. Wilbur was born May 31, 1937, in Fayetteville, to the late A.P. and Nellie Cheshire. On that day the sun shone a lot brighter when Wilbur was born. He was the most wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather that we could have ever had! He was precious to us all and our lives will never be the same without him.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his brother, Ernest Cheshire; stepbrother, Grant Davis; and two infant sisters, Carolyn and Ruby Cheshire.
Wilbur married the love of his life, Mary Marie Cribb, on Dec. 27, 1955. Together they had two daughters, Violet and Gwendolyn.
Wilbur served four years in the U.S. Air Force and 20 years in the Army National Guard. Wilbur retired from the N.C. Department of Corrections after 31 years of service. Wilbur also served several years working for the New Hanover County Board of Elections and he was on the Advisory Board for the N.C. State Employees’ Credit Union. Wilbur was a devoted member of the Wilmington First Pentecostal Holiness Church and he was also a charter member of the Chadbourn Pentecostal Holiness Church. Wilbur loved God and his family and it showed in everything he did. Wilbur loved vacationing in the mountains and spending time working in the yard around his house.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at Oleander Memorial Gardens. Andrews Mortuary is serving the family.
Wilbur is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marie Cheshire; two daughters, Violet Page (Tim), Gwendolyn Lanier (Darrell); three grandchildren, Cameron Lanier (Annalee), Tyler Cheshire (Kylee), Ashlee Lanier (Graham); one great grandchild, Ella Marie Cheshire; two sisters, Mavis Hall and Rena Nobles; stepbrother, Wilton Davis; and stepmother, Mary Davis Cheshire.