Bessie Culbreth Philemon, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was 84.
She was born Aug. 30, 1930, in Goldsboro, daughter of the late Walter Earl and Violet Sholar Culbreth.
Bessie graduated from Goldsboro High School, then attended Greenville Cosmetology School. She married Mike Philemon in 1955 and made Wilmington her home. They moved to Lake Upchurch just outside of Hope Mills in 1976, then back to Wilmington in 1991.
Bessie made crafts, enjoyed being in craft shows and had a love for hummingbirds. She loved her family dearly and they will never forget her chicken salad and pickles. She was so happy that she could donate items to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Good Shepherd Center.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Louise Cobb and Earline Van Rockel; grandson, Michael W. Philemon Jr.; and a special niece, Brook Culbreth.
Survivors include her sons, Daniel M. Philemon Jr. and wife Natasha and Wade Philemon and wife Betsy; grandchildren, Matt, Anna, Taylor and Ellie Philemon; great-grandchild, Addy F. Philemon; and brother, Walter E. Culbreth and wife Peggy.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Andrews Market Street Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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