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Willodine Byrd ‘Byrdie’ Mangum, 85, enjoyed a career as a registered nurse

Willodine Byrd 'Byrdie' Mangum
Willodine Byrd ‘Byrdie’ Mangum

WILMINGTON — Willodine Byrd ‘Byrdie’ Mangum, 85, died Thursday, June 20, 2019, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 13, 1933, the youngest of 10 children born to William and Annie Mangum of Jefferson, South Carolina. She grew up in the community of Angelus, South Carolina.

She graduated from the South Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1954, serving as a registered nurse at South Carolina Baptist Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina; and Harris Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas.

She was a devoted wife and mother. While her husband served as a U.S. Air Force chaplain, she kept the family home life running and played piano and sang in church choirs wherever they were assigned: Scott AFB, Illinois; RAF Upper Heyford and RAF Croughton, United Kingdom; March AFB, California; Lowry AFB, Colorado; Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles AFB, California.

Byrdie married the love of her life, Vernon Lee Fash, in 1955; they enjoyed 62-1/2 years of marriage and created countless happy memories. They had two sons and a “daughter,” Jim Fash, and his wife, Rita, and Robert Fash, all of Wilmington; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, South Carolina. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Wilmington at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or charity of your choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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