William ‘Dub’ Ross Freshwater Jr., lifelong Wolfpack fan and founding member of Pine Valley UMC

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William Ross Freshwater Jr.
William Ross Freshwater Jr.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, the Freshwater family said goodbye to its patriarch.

William “Dub” Ross Freshwater Jr. was born on May 28, 1927, the son of W. R. and Emma Freshwater. Dub was preceded in death by his sister Julia Jefferies.

Dub proudly served in the U.S. Navy in World War ll. He was a graduate of N.C. State University in textile management. Go Wolfpack! He moved to Wilmington in 1952 to assist in the launch of Century Mills, and spent his career working there in the textile industry.

Dub, along with his wife Billie, was a charter member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church. He was a very dedicated father and family man. And he was an extraordinary grandfather who brought much delight and laughter to his grandkids. He was always quietly generous to others without seeking recognition.

He was a skilled craftsman who loved working with his hands. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed cycling, golf, racquetball, tennis and table tennis. Many wonderful trips to the North Carolina mountains were highlighted by enjoyable hikes with family and friends. He was a lifelong NCSU Wolfpack fan.

Dub is survived by his beautiful bride of 65 years, Billie Thompson Freshwater. They shared the most amazing and loving relationship that inspires us all. Also surviving are two sons, Bill (Jan) and Tom (Myra) and “adopted” son, Chuck Craig (Pam). Dub was blessed with seven grandchildren, Ross, Whitney, Zachary, Ben, Dawn, John and Katherine; and three great-grandchildren

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 at Pine Valley United Methodist Church in Wilmington. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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