Willie Crae Pridgen, Sr., 77 of Rocky Point, NC, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center.
He was the director of the New Hanover County Workshop "Keys Inc." Prior to this he was co-owner of "Pridgen Motors" located on Carolina Beach.
Willie will be well remembered for his fantastic sense of humor and insatiable quest for making people laugh. He was truly the life of the party and always made friends
where ever he went. He kept his friends smiling throughout their toughest days and he was always available to help friends and family in their time of need.....he will be truly missed.
Friends and Family as follows:
Sylvia Diane Martin
Nathaniel Welton Pridgen (deceased)
Etta Pridgen (deceased)
Butch and Patricia Lennon
Wayland and Melissa Lennon
Caroline and Tyler Lennon
Dr. Allan and Beth Lennon
Jimmy Pridgen (deceased)
Dr. Ashley DeSaix
Seva and Swinson DeSaix
Hank and Angie Gaines
Martin, Andrew and Nicholas Gaines
Charles and Sue Ellen Williamson
and his best buddy "Ryder"
who stayed by his side.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be forwarded to the Lower Cape Fear Hospital Care Center of Wilmington located at 1406 Physicians Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 or the Pender Human Society P. O. Box 626 Burgaw, NC website: www.penderhumane.org a “no kill” animal shelter.
A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home 315 Willow Woods Drive off of Oleander Drive in Wilmington with Pastor Jim Herchenhahn officiating. Visitation will follow the service.
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Submitted by Gena Jackson on Sep 8 2018 08:29:59 AM
As many people have mentioned, Uncle Willy had many wonderful qualities, most appreciated was of course, his ability to make those around him laugh and smile. Uncle Willy was probably the first person that I remember “schooling” me on sarcasm and how to enjoy a good laugh.
Whether is was watching him tease Aunt Diane or mom about forgetting the bananas out of the banana pudding or telling me, “now this will really make your Aunt Diane laugh if you do this….” He will always have a special place in my heart.
He had a wonderful way of making me laugh and was especially good at this during times when I needed this most. Aunt Diane and Uncle Willy always welcomed me and made me feel loved. As I reflect on this now, I realize how much this truly helped me growing up. Love you lots Uncle Willy /Chilly Willy 😉 and hope to see you again one day for a good laugh.
Submitted by Ashley DeSaix on Sep 7 2018 05:29:29 PM
ronald pridgen lit a candle for Willie Crae Pridgen, Sr.
ronald pridgen lit a candle on Sep 7 2018 01:02:56 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of Willie bring you comfort. RIP
Mary Edna Lockfaw
Submitted by Mary Edna Lockfaw on Sep 7 2018 10:46:20 AM
Uncle W.C. was one of my favorites. Easy going, quick with a joke, and never seemed to mind when I'd pull out one of his golf clubs (well, he didn't give away that it bothered him). He will be deeply missed by all those that knew him.
Submitted by Martin Gaines on Sep 6 2018 01:20:46 PM
Obviously, I've lost a loved one. My brother-in-law, my friend, I am deeply saddened by this loss. Ultimately, I've known Willie since I was in my twenties which has been over 40 years of my life. Knowing Willie my "beloved brother-in-law" was always uplifting. Even though he was more like a brother to me. He helped me in bad times and laughed in good times. He would tell me funny jokes if I was down and out. He was self-confident and intelligent beyond others. His understanding of life was never giving up. Willie's obvious purpose in life was to bring happiest to his friends and family.
I am very happy to say he was my "beloved brother-in-law" and I will always miss him.
Candice Britt Swinson
Submitted by Candice Britt Swinson on Sep 5 2018 08:35:06 PM
Sorry to see this for such a great, genuine man. My condolences go out to Diane and the rest of his family. I’m sure he will be missed my many.
Submitted by Corey Hunt on Sep 5 2018 07:38:13 PM
I will always remember Uncle WC fondly and with love. He helped instill in me a respect for others and a strong work ethic. He was always quick with a joke. One of my favorite memories of WC, as a child, he took me out to golf with him and after assuring me I couldn’t break his clubs, I broke his driver. He just laughed it off and told me to not use the driver anymore. It’s hard to know I will not see you again but I can still hear your voice and I know you are in heaven. I miss you Uncle.
Submitted by Andrew Gaines on Sep 5 2018 07:07:24 PM
Sending prayers to Aunt Diane and the rest of the family.
Submitted by Nicholas Gaines on Sep 5 2018 06:52:56 PM
Condolences Disne, i will miss my brother in law. He was always joking and eager to help out. A good soul.
Submitted by Hank Gaines on Sep 5 2018 06:48:40 PM
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