Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC


Richard Burton Wilder

July 8, 1941February 10, 2020

Little River

Richard Burton Wilder, 78, died February 10, 2020 at his home.

Born on July 8, 1941 in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of the late David B. and Marvel Spivey Wilder.

Richard was a Tarheel, through and through, graduating from UNC and earning his degree in pharmacy. He resided in Chadbourn, NC, where he had his first pharmacy with the very first drive in window in the sixties. He was employed part time by two golf courses, Shafsbury Glen and Sandpiper, where he was respected and a true friend. Close childhood friends, Joe Nance and his cousin Major General Chris Spivey, were his confidants and shared many wonderful times growing up. They will always miss Richard. He leaves a big hole in our hearts. Richard never met a stranger, always had a big smile and loved to laugh. He was loved by everyone.

Mr. Wilder is survived by his wife, Genevieve “Genny” Becht Wilder; three sons, Richard (Harriett), Shane (Vickie), Chad (Cindy); six step children; one brother, Marcus; six grandchildren, Trey, Ben, Jamie, Hunter, Chase, Mack; 12 step grandchildren; and one step great granddaughter. He is predeceased by one brother, David.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Lee Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post #7288, 900 Carter Drive SW, Calabash, NC 28467.

A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


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Marilyn Poole

February 14, 2020

Such good memories of back in day knowing BIG. My love goes out to his family!

Martha Sasser

February 14, 2020

Richard was a good friend to Doug and me for many years. He was so full of personality and always had fun in whatever he was doing. He is a man you will never forget due to his fun of life! I can only imagine how he and Doug are laughing and carrying-on in Heaven!
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family and I love you!

Ricky Wadford

February 13, 2020

Always will remember Richard being a fun loving, never met a stranger, friend. He was entertaining to say the least. Played golf many times together back in the day as members of Wake Forest CC...if that course could only exist and talk now :)
My condolences to all the family, hold dear to all the fond memories. My prayers are with you all 🙏

Hewett Lovvorn

February 13, 2020

Knew Richard from 1976 when I came to Raleigh. I made my first friends at The Pub, got to know Richard and always enjoyed our conversations and particularly his engaging personality. He will be missed.

Harold Trader

February 13, 2020

Will miss my old friend Richard. As an ABC( anybody but Carolina) I always enjoyed telling him that my favorite team was whoever had just beaten his Tarheels. Til we meet again my friend.

Carole Bailey

February 13, 2020

Richard was an exceptional athlete having won a football scholarship to NCS after high school . He played ball with Roman Gabriell in the early sixties. Transferring from NCS to Campbell for a short while, he then transferred to UNC and majored in Pharmacy. After college Richard , wife and baby moved to Tabor City and worked for Dameron Drug store. He moved to Chadbourn after three years and buit his own drug store.
At this point he had three boys, Richard, Jr., Shane, and Chad . After several years he decided that retail pharmacy was not what he wanted so he went to work in Raleigh, N C for Abbott Labs. He later bought a drug store in Brentwood where he and his family resided for many years.
His boys will deeply miss him as well as many friends