WILMINGTON — Mr. William Alexander “Billy” McCormick, 78, passed on to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Born Sept. 16, 1942, in Laurinburg, his family moved to Wilmington, where he grew up his entire childhood. After high school at New Hanover High, Billy was drafted and served two years in the U.S. Army. He was a track commander in mechanized mobile units in Fort Carson, Colorado, and served a year-long deployment in the Republic of Korea, patrolling in and around the demilitarized zone (DMZ).
Returning from service overseas back to Wilmington, Billy worked for many of the local plants as a welder and boilermaker. In 1984, he acquired the ServiceMaster of Wilmington franchise, and, later that year, opened McCormick Auto Sales, running both businesses for five years before going into car sales full time. He operated his car lot in a couple of locations, all on Carolina Beach Road for a total of 37 years. He had many friends associated with the car business, and he grew up with many friends from Wilmington and the surrounding area who were like brothers to him.
He was a longtime member of Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church. Billy was a fixture on the ballfields of Wilmington and coached several teams to championship seasons. He also sponsored Little League Baseball teams for Myrtle Grove Optimist for several years. He adored his family. He loved being a grandfather and took an active role in his grandsons’ lives. He especially loved his wife, Dorothy, and they were inseparable for over a half century of marriage together. He truly enjoyed helping people and went above and beyond for those in need. He was his family’s rock, safe harbor and smooth landing. He can never be replaced.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Lynn; mother, Ruby Catherine; father, Lynn Tatum Sr.; and brother, Lynn Tatum (Mac) Jr.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, who he adored, Dorothy Register McCormick; son, Keith Alan; daughter-in-law, Debra Apodaca McCormick; and grandsons, Dylan Connor and Ian Nathaniel, all of Wilmington.
A funeral service will be conducted at noon, Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow services in Oleander Memorial Gardens. COVID-19 restrictions will be applied, and masks are required.
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