Beverly Claud ‘B.C.’ Costin Sr., 91, shrimp boat owner and oysterman

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Beverly Claud Costin
Beverly Claud Costin

Beverly Claud ‘B.C.’ Costin Sr., 91, died Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter after a brief illness. He was born June 5, 1924, in Wilmington to Herbert and Myrtie Costin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Myrtie Costin; one brother, Matthew Herbert Costin Jr.; mother-in-law, Ada Gray Turner; and one grandson, Timothy Costin.

B.C. is survived by his wife of 61 years Barbara ‘Bozy’ Costin; two daughters, Beverly Ann Costin Register (Rod) and Melinda Costin (Devin); two sons, Beverly ‘B.C.’ Costin Jr. and Matthew Costin, all of Wilmington; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one sister, Fredericka DiSarno of Wilmington; and sister-in-law Geraldine Hoffman of Wilmington.

B.C. grew up in Hampstead. He worked at various jobs including construction at Camp Davis and was promoted to the base fire department. Following World War II, he worked at B&W as a skilled boilermaker and operated a busy Phillips 66 station on Market Street and a shrimp boat. He later expanded to a fleet of three shrimp boats, all in excess of 60 feet in length. This fleet worked the waters from Wilmington to Florida, and during one season, as far Central America. In the 1970s and 1980s he continued to work the area sounds as an oysterman. He was consistently a strong, family man; he was loved and respected by his family and neighbors.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The family will see friends one hour prior to services.

Consider a memorial gift to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401; or by visiting tmcfunding.com.

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