Bessie Airington Gilchrist Wilburn, 77, passed away Monday, December 22, 2014 at her home at 423 West Young Street, Rolesville. She was born in Greensboro on March 31, 1937 to the late Horace Matthew Airington and Bessie Lee Deberry Airington. Bessie retired with 32 years of devoted service as a teacher’s assistant with Swift Creek Elementary. Bessie was also very active in the Raleigh Family Moose Lodge.
Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm, Saturday, December 27, 2014 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service Chapel, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, 27545. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, 27612. The family will receive relatives and friends, Friday, December 26, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the funeral home and other times at the home of her daughter, Connie and Benny Moody, 1716 Rolesville Road, Wake Forest, NC, 27587.
Surviving: husband, Richard Carl Wilburn, Jr.; son, William Larry “Billy” Gilchrist, Jr. of Lillington; daughters: Donna G. Knott (Tom), of Raleigh, Connie G. Moody (Benny) of Wake Forest, Beverly G. Honeycutt (Wayne) of Clayton; grandchildren: Marissa Knott, Alissa Moody, Christopher, Jordan and Jared Moody, Tyler Gilchrist, Michelle Tigner (Brandon), Drew and Matthew Honeycutt; great-grandchildren: James and Jayden Tigner; brothers: Horace M. Airington, Jr. of Apex, Paul N. Humphreys, Jr. (Mary) of Raleigh; stepsons: Lennie Wilburn (Wendy) of Southport and their children Whitney and Rachel, Monty Wilburn (Michelle) of Greensboro and their children Megan, Christopher and Erin.
In addition to her parents Bessie was preceded in death by her first husband, William Larry Gilchrist, Sr. 11/21/1997.
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Contributions may be made in Bessie’s memory care of the Raleigh Family Moose Lodge, 2824 Forestville Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587.
Condolences to the family may be sent to poolefuneral.com under Obituaries.