William Bulluck Creasy Jr. died peacefully at his home in Wrightsville Beach on June 3, 2015, 16 days shy of his 87th birthday.
Bill was born on June 19, 1928, in Wilmington, the eldest son of William Bulluck Creasy Sr. and Elizabeth Kelley Creasy. Bill spent his childhood riding the trolley between his family’s homes in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, during the earliest days of the island’s development. He turned his boyhood love of trolleys and trains into a successful career when he graduated from New Hanover High School in 1946 and went on to NC State University, where he majored in mechanical engineering.
After graduating from NC State, he served three years in the U.S. Air Force. Bill married Elaine Cartier in 1949 and his career with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad took him and his growing family to Fitzgerald and Waycross before relocating with Seaboard Coast Line Railroad to Augusta, Georgia in 1962. In 1986 he retired after over 30 years of service with the railroad.
Then he and Elaine moved back to the beloved family home in Wrightsville Beach. Bill was a true renaissance man and his interests and expertise spanned across many disciplines: mechanics, drafting and design, model trains, model building, boating, water skiing, sailing, penmanship, photography, gardening and music. There was no Volkswagen Beetle he couldn’t repair or child he couldn’t teach to water ski.
When he wasn’t tinkering in his garage workshop, drafting plans and building everything from working miniature steam engines to a calliope organ, Bill could be found on his front porch overlooking Banks Channel telling tales of beach days past with friends and family, usually with an orange tabby cat by his side.
As an avid collector of historical photographs and unofficial beach historian, Bill was instrumental in founding the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History in 1995. Bill and his wife Elaine were devoted museum volunteers for many years and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary there in 1999.
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Elaine Cartier Creasy.
He is survived by his children, Marjorie Elizabeth Creasy, of Augusta, Georgia and Susan Creasy Cignotti and husband, David, of Wrightsville Beach; granddaughters, Meimi Creasy Hartman and husband, Scott, of Atlanta and Emily Amber Grove, of Augusta, Georgia; great-granddaughter, Shelby Elaine Hartman; brother, Albert Henderson Creasy and wife, Fran, of Columbus; and many relatives, to whom he was affectionately known as Uncle Billy. He also leaves behind his special companion, Judy Latham and their cat, Skeeter.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Wrightsville Beach United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak Drive, Wrightsville Beach.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, P.O. Box 584, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 (910-256-2569) or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Atlantic Cremation.
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