WILMINGTON — Gerald Blake Arthur, 85, died peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center.
Gerald was born Aug. 21, 1935, in Maysville to the late Rodney Whitfield Arthur and the late Annabelle Reese Arthur Long. Also remembered are his wife, Annie Lee Frederick Arthur; and two sisters, Lavoy Picone and Mary Helen George, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his only son, Gerald Blake “Jerry” Arthur II, and his wife, Wendy, of Wilmington; granddaughter, Katelyn Lee Arthur of Raleigh; brothers, Rodney Whitfield “Bubba” Arthur Jr. of Lebanon, Tennessee, and Virgil Koonce Arthur and William Eugene “Billy” Arthur, both of Wilmington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gerald attended New Hanover High School and served in the U.S. Air Force for six years. He held various job but is best known for being the owner of Arthur’s Tire & Auto Service for over 35 years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Wilmington Shrine Club.
The love of Gerald’s life was his wife, Annie Lee. He adored her, and she was his guiding light. Life for Gerald was never quite the same without her. We are rejoicing knowing they are united in heaven.
Gerald’s greatest joy in life was his precious only son, Jerry. His love and adoration for him was clear to all who knew him. His face would light up any time Jerry was near. Gerald was so proud of him. This joy was only rivaled by the other love of his life, his granddaughter, Katie. He thought that she hung the moon and the stars. He bragged about her to anyone who would listen. Gerald loved his family. Nothing made him happier than being with them. He especially enjoyed going to Jerry’s softball games and cheering for his team. These games were the highlight of his week. Gerald will be remembered for his loving devotion to his family.
A private memorial will be held due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Sepich and staff; Dr. Hobart and Missy, LPN; and Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, especially Olga, R.N., Chanique, CNA, and Gillian, CSW.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Gerald, the family requests memorial donations to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare or a charity of one’s choice.
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