Hubert Wallace Vincent, 88, former mayor of Carolina Beach

CAROLINA BEACH — Hubert Wallace Vincent, 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born June 4, 1932, in Bremen, Kentucky, to the late John and Francis Vincent.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Roark Vincent, in 1993. He married Karen McDowell Vincent in 1998, who also preceded him in death in 2012. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Wilda Cessna; brother, Willard Vincent; and son, Jeffrey Helms.

Surviving are his son, Mark Vincent, and his wife, Wendy, of Carolina Beach; daughter, Sheri Slater, and her husband, Chris, of Jacksonville; son, Bobby Helms, and his wife, Darla, of Wichita, Kansas; and daughter-in-law, Shannon Helms of Carolina Beach. Nothing made him happier than a visit from any of his 11 grandchildren, Mason Vincent, Campbell Vincent, Brittney Delozier (Brandon), Lauren Slater, Bradley Slater, Taylor Helms, Kristen Helms, Trace Helms, Krystal Edminster, Kelly Helms and Kevin Helms. Additionally, he was blessed with six great-grandchildren. Along with lots of extended family, he is also survived by special nephew, Clay Cessna (Doris), who was as close as a brother.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years, retiring as a chief master sergeant. For his service in the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After retiring from the military, he earned a degree in criminal justice.

One of his greatest honors was to serve three terms as mayor of Carolina Beach. Under his leadership, Carolina Beach completed multiple capital improvement projects while earning The Order of the Long Leaf Pine issued by the governor for outstanding fiscal management. Hubert was a past member of the Air Force Sergeants Association and a member of Federal Point Masonic Lodge No. 753. He served in multiple other community and professional organizations.

Hubert was an avid sports fan and especially loved watching his beloved Kentucky Wildcats.

He was involved in several churches throughout his life, serving in the roles of deacon and Sunday school teacher. At his death, he was a member of Cape Fear Baptist Church, serving as a prayer warrior from his home when his health would not grant him the ability to attend in person.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, with funeral services following at Cape Fear Baptist Church, 7300 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington. Pastor David Braddy will officiate services. COVID-19 protocol, with masks and social distancing, will be practiced. The service will be streamed on the Cape Fear Baptist Facebook page (@mycapefearbaptistchurch).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cape Fear Baptist Church, Youth Fund; The Gideons International; or charity of your choice.

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

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