Wesley ‘Wes’ Harrelson, 45, tinkered with cars and built an award-winning Rat Rod truck

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Wesley “Wes” Harrelson
Wesley “Wes” Harrelson

Wesley “Wes” Harrelson died peacefully with his wife Josette and family by his side on Oct. 17, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 45.

Wesley was born in Wilmington to Clarence “Buster” Harrelson and Linda Harrelson in November 1969.

In addition to his loving wife of 16 years, Wesley is survived by his parents and his sisters, Lisa Lukens, husband Steve and sons, Bradley and Stephen Guilliams and Sharon McLaurin, husband Danny and children, Margaret and Phillip McLaurin.

Wesley began his career at his dad’s company, Harrelson Electric, by working summers while still in high school, learning all facets of the business from the bottom up ensuring he was ready to take the helm when his dad retired.

Wesley lived out loud with a ready smile and contagious laugh. He loved his two dogs, Woody and Oscar, who were always at his side. The North End at Carolina Beach was where you could find him most summer weekends with his “Southside Crew.” Tinkering with cars was a lifelong hobby that culminated with a two-year project of building an award-winning Rat Rod truck with his buddy Byron.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at Pine Valley Baptist Church, where Wesley was a member. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.

Many thanks to the doctors and the wonderful support staff at the Chapel Hill Hospitals and New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Special gratitude to Sherman and other SECU House staff who made the overnight stays in Chapel Hill feel like home. A special thank you to each and every one for all your support and prayers during this time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to organizations meaningful to Wesley. SECU House, 123 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517; The American Cancer Society; or New Hanover County Humane Society, 2405 23rd St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

“Whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us.” Romans 8:18

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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