Benjamin Randall Pusey, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015, after a short battle with cancer. He was 82.
He was born April 6, 1933, in Bladen County to Alexander Odell and Gertrude Dyson Pusey. He was the youngest of five sons. He was called Ben by many, but growing up was called by his middle name, Randall. He graduated from Garland High School, class of 1952. Shortly after graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served for four years, mostly in Germany.
After being discharged, he worked as a Merchant Marine, sailing with Sun Oil Co. Ben attended Worth Business College in Fayetteville where he graduated in 1959. He found work as a printer, which turned out to be his life’s work.
In 1965, he and his family moved to Wilmington where he worked as a printer at what was then Jackson and Bell Printing Co. Ben bought a printing business in Burgaw in 1973 where he spent 42 years in the business.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Fields Pusey; two sons, Randall Craig Pusey, his wife Marie and their son Ben, of West Union, South Carolina and Matthew Alan Pusey, his wife Patricia and their daughter Caitlin, of Burgaw; two sisters-in-law, Louise Pusey, of Maine and Tina Pette of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews.
He was a faithful member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church for many years. He was also a Paul Harris Fellow of the Burgaw Rotary Club and a lifetime member of the American Legion of Burgaw. Ben and Lib were square dancers for many years traveling to dance conventions in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. They also traveled to many foreign countries as well as most of the states in America.
He loved to see things grow, so every year he planted a vegetable garden in Burgaw where he grew food for his family and to share with others.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert Lapp and the Rev. Dr. Edward Connette presiding.
Inurnment will take place at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden at a later time.
We wish to thank all of the caregivers at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. Please remember him by making donations to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1416 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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