Charles H. Bilbro

July 5, 1921April 27, 2013

Mr. Charles H. Bilbro, age 91, formerly from Greensboro and a current resident of Washington, NC died on Saturday, April 27th at River Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A funeral will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30th at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Greensboro conducted by the Reverend Mike Collins. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Monday, April 29th at Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home’s Sedgefield Chapel, 6000 High Point Road. Mr. Bilbro was born in Guilford County on July 5, 1921 son of Walter Larmond Bilbro and Mary Swaim Bilbro. Mr. Bilbro married the former Nell Jones on September 21, 1941. He was a retired engineer with Southern Railway where he followed his father’s profession; the two having more than 90 years service with Southern. Mr. Bilbro was a charter member of Pinecroft-Sedgefield Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his service as a firefighter and traffic officer, he served many years as treasurer of the Fireman’s Pension Fund. Mr. Bilbro was a life-long member of St. John’s United Methodist Church (formerly West End Methodist Church) where he served in numerous positions and taught the men’s Sunday school class for many years. Mr. Bilbro was proceded in death by his wife of seventy years; a son, Walter Mark Bilbro; a brother, W.L. Bilbro, Jr. and a sister, Mildred Ewing. He is survived by two sons, Charles Richard Bilbro and wife Pamela of Raleigh and James B. Bilbro and wife Mary of Washington; four grandchildren; Timothy R. Bilbro and wife Daniela of Burke, Virginia, Laura Bilbro Berry and husband Todd of Washington, Christopher M. Bilbro and wife Jennifer of Mt. Pleasant, S. C, and Michael A. Bilbro and wife Bridget of Washington; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers; William R. Bilbro and wife Estelle, Robert E. Bilbro and wife Marie; a sister, Anne Bilbro Wright and husband Doug; and his brother-in-law, William C. Jones and wife Lib, all of Greensboro. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church or to Washington First United Methodist Church’s New Horizon Building Fund.



  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, April 29, 2013


  • Interment

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Dean "Run" Jackson

May 1, 2013

To Jimmy and the Bilbro Family,

Some of the fondest memories I have of my childhood always include the Bilbro's. I consider your mom and dad my second set of parents while we lived on Broadacres Drive. I always loved your house where the front porch was larger than life, the living room (parlor) warm and cozy, and the kitchen called with the smell of cherry cobbler. That same house that was such a source of joy also brings back memories of sadness as I think about Mark and how even today I still miss him.

Your dad and mom were special people and I can truthfully say that no other individuals have had an impact on my life like Charles and Nell Bilbro.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your family.

Joe Coble

May 1, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Jim, Richard, and the rest of the family. Having grown up living back-to-back with the Bilbros and being a classmate of Jim through high school, I have many pleasant memories of Charlie, Nell, and all the family. We'll certainly miss him here, but it brings a smile to my face to think of the reunion with Nell, Mark, my Dad, and many others.

Jackie J. Rives

April 30, 2013

To Richard and the Bilbro Family

Sorry for your loss. In times past,
I remember your Dad and mine talking about the Pinecroft Sedgefield Fire Department and getting "things" done for the safety of the community; while we were in school.

Rest in knowing he is now watching over you (as always), keeping check on things and smiling.

May God be with you all during this time.

Anita Ross

April 29, 2013

To the Family and Friends Remember the God of all comfort will help you at this time of grief. He will strength us to continue to make it day by day. Sincerely

Bill Groome

April 29, 2013

I've known Charles about as long as I've known his boy, Jimmy, and that's a long time. He always seemed like a feisty, fun-loving man, much like my buddy Jim. I am pretty sure that he is the last of the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department Charter members, and that is something that I know his family and all in the community are proud of. Great man who, together with Nell, raised a great family.

Nick Layton

April 28, 2013


To the Bilbro Family..

I was truly am
sorry to hear about the passing of
Charles ...He was a fine man, good
father, and a great friend to
my Dad,Talmadge Layton

May God go with your family during
the days, and months ahead..

All my best

R.Talmadge Layton,111 (Nick)

Cindy Quiggle

April 28, 2013

I have so many fond memories of Uncle Charles. Even though he wasn't really my uncle, I never called him by any other name. He was a wonderful man and a great story-teller. I could listen to him for hours! Rest in peace- Cindy Fields Quiggle