William James Bordeaux Sr., 77, singer and gifted baritone

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William James Bordeaux Sr., 77, of Wilmington, died Sunday, March 13, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

Bill was born January 19, 1939, in Wilmington, the son of the late James Davis Bordeaux and Eula Walton Bordeaux. His son, William J. Bordeaux Jr.; his daughter, Carolyn Ferree Bordeaux; and his sister, Barbara Garrett, preceded him in death.

Bill spent his entire life in Wilmington. In his younger days, he was a member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church and was an extraordinarily gifted baritone in the choir. The duets he sang with his sister, Nancy Benson, still touch the hearts of all who listen to their recordings. He attended NC State College and finished his degree in engineering at Wilmington College. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Although the family misses Bill deeply, they rejoice with him in his union with our Lord Jesus Christ and two of his children, Billy and Carolyn.

He is survived by his two daughters, Laura Bordeaux Hughes and Mary Elizabeth Bordeaux, both of Wilmington; eight grandchildren, Alexandra, Charles, Samuel, Benjamin, Rocco, Julia, Michael and William; former wife, Beverly Ferree Bordeaux; two sisters, Nancy Benson of Wilmington and Betty Srsic of Chesapeake Bay, Md.; and many nieces and nephews.

A private, family graveside service will be held in Oakdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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