William Archie Giddeons Jr., 68, found great joy in the simple things of life

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William Archie Giddeons Jr.
William Archie Giddeons Jr.

William Archie Giddeons Jr., 68, of Wallace, left this earthly life for his eternal home on Saturday, February 27, 2016, from New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born February 15, 1948, in Pender County and was the son of the late William Archie and Naomi Willoughby Giddeons. Also lovingly remembered is his brother, Terry Giddeons, who preceded William in death. William proudly served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.

William was a loving husband and caring father, grandfather, brother and friend. He found great joy in the simplest of things, but his greatest joy was his family. He loved people and never met a stranger. With a giving heart and gentle spirit, he was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever it was needed. William was not opposed to hard work and he was a jack of all trades and a master craftsman. He succeeded at most everything he did, and there wasn’t much he wouldn’t attempt. His grandchildren were the apple of his eye, and as one of them quoted, ‘he was the best Pa ever.’ His family, with great pride, called him, ‘The Man,’ and he truly was a man of integrity and wisdom. William will surely be missed, but treasured memories will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Surviving are his loving wife of 31 years, Kay Henderson Giddeons; children, Billy Giddeons and Toni of Wallace, Melissa G. Vann and Bradley of Wallace and Katelyn Toler and Anthony of Rose Hill; grandchildren; Bailey Giddeons and fiancé, Justin Woodcock, Ashton Duff, Madi Giddeons, Caroline Moore and Emma Grace Giddeons; step-grandchildren, Jordan Vann, Kobe Vann and Jackson Vann; brother, J.L. Giddeons and Diane of Willard; half- brother, Sydney Boney of Leland; sister, Carolyn Swaine of Williamsburg, Va.; numerous nieces, nephews and friends who loved William dearly; and special and constant canine companion, ‘Brown.’

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Wallace Chapel, and other times at William and Kay’s home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Wallace Chapel, with the Rev. Tommy Blanton and the Rev. Calvin Malpass officiating. Entombment will follow in Riverview Memorial Park Mausoleum, Watha.

In lieu of flowers, please honor William’s memory with a donation to ‘The Browns’ (a Christian gospel group) 211 Lighthouse Road, Wallace, NC 28466, in honor of his love for Christian music.

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