William Franklin ‘Bill’ Sidbury Jr., 84, fisherman who spent many days on the sound with his family

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William Franklin "Bill" Sidbury Jr.
William Franklin “Bill” Sidbury Jr.

William Franklin “Bill” Sidbury Jr., of Wilmington, died Friday, July 10, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. He was 84.

He was born at James Walker Hospital in Wilmington, son of the late William Franklin and Atha Cottle Sidbury.

Bill served in the U.S. Army for two years followed by 20 years of service in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was employed for 32 years as a supervisor with Babcock and Wilcox Boilermakers. Upon their closure, he was employed by McCall’s Fence Company in Wilmington until his final retirement.

Bill was member of Sunset Park Baptist Church for over 50 years serving in numerous capacities, including as a former deacon. Bill was an avid fisherman and spent many days camping and fishing on the sound with his family who were so dear to him. He will be greatly missed by many.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William Franklin “Franky” Sidbury III; sister, Lenora Sidbury Chamblee; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Chamblee.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Thelma Ward Sidbury; sons, Anthony “Tony” Darrell Sidbury and James “Jimmy” William Sidbury and wife, Jean, all of the Wilmington area; daughter-in-law, Pamela W. Sidbury, of the Wilmington area; grandchildren, James William “Jimmy” Sidbury Jr., Jo-el Brianna Sidbury and William Howard “Billy” Sidbury; step-grandchildren, Leslie W. Schatz and Steven E. Williams and wife Chris; four great-granddaughters; nieces, Lenell Henry and husband Nathan, Belinda Shelley and Carolyn Waters; and nephews, Kenneth Chamblee and William Earl Ward.

The family will receive visitors from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St., Wilmington. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. with burial immediately after at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunset Park Baptist Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

The family is very grateful for the many acts of kindness and love that have been so abundant from family and friends.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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