Carey Walter Wilmoth, Jr.
May 28, 1932 – January 12, 2021
On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Carey Walter Wilmoth, Jr. passed away at age 88. Walt, as he was known to family and friends, was born on May 28, 1932 in Newport News, VA to Carey and Louise (Owen) Wilmoth. He married Jean Carolyn Stinneford on June 8, 1952 in Hampton, VA. After voluntarily serving in the Navy during the Korean War, Walt completed a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Virginia Tech and a master’s of business administration from UNC-Greensboro. He retired in 1990 from a life-long career at AT&T/Western Electric in Winston-Salem, NC, where he took pride in teaching community college courses part-time, helping organize the charitable Crosby Golf Tournament, and serving on the Truliant Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. After Jean’s passing in 1998, he married Anita Whitfield, of Gulf Shores, AL, on September 21, 2002. They relocated to Auburn, AL in 2005, where they were active members of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and enjoyed taking classes at the Auburn University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Walt was a consummate dresser who liked to look sharp in the latest styles. We will always remember him doing what he loved the most: dancing to big band music, drinking a glass of fine wine, playing tennis, and flying kites on the beach with his family. A poet himself, one of his favorite poems was by Wordsworth: “The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;…” Walt is predeceased by his parents, first wife (Jean), and sisters (Marion and Patricia). He is survived by his four children - Dirk Wilmoth (Kathryn), Weaverville, NC, Sharon Wilmoth (Piper Millsaps), Winston-Salem, NC, Wenda Clinard (Wake), Lewisville, NC, and Janet Wilmoth (Brian Durkin), Syracuse, NY – eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and his second wife Anita Wilmoth and her three children – Sharon Massey (Jarrod), Montgomery, AL, Lynn Williams (Jerry), Auburn, AL, and Britt Strickland (Teresa) Wetumpka, AL – seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. There will be a family gravesite service at a latter date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the following organizations or to a charity of your choice: Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, 718 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Telephone (336) 723-1848; Lee County Literacy Coalition,1365 Gatewood Drive #519, Auburn, AL 36830, Telephone (334) 705-0001
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Carey Walter Wilmoth, Jr.
Joan and Dean Neptune
January 15, 2021
We have lovely memories of time spent with Walt and Anita - dinner parties at each others houses and out for meals, and just seeing each other at Holy Trinity. We will miss Walt so much and we have Anita in our prayers, as we know how much she will miss him and grieve.
D E Clinard
January 14, 2021
Walt was a positive life force, sharing his talents with many in a joyful gracious manner. His is a legacy of energy and positivity-- a proud legacy for whomever he may have touched.
Mary Caroline Boerner
January 13, 2021
Walt has been a special part of my life for many many years. His wife (my soul sister Jean) brought us together along with my special husband Jack. Both Walt and Jean were part of our Wedding Party and helped us celebrate many special anniversaries, especially our 40th They stood up for us as we renewed our vows in our back yard, Walt wearing the tie Jack wore on our honeymoon, he didn't kn ow he was going to need one, LOL. Haloween party at Wenda and Wake's, we had them all fooled . So many memories, so many laughs and joys. Thanksgivings, even in Blacksburg. Raisiing our children together even tho miles apart. I will always concider Dirk, Sharron, Wenda and Janet as my nephew and nieces.. Their children and , yup, their grandchildren will always hold special places in my heart. My memmories will keep Walt close to me.
Anita, you gave him much joy in these later years, thank you and God grant you peace.
Much Love To ALL of you. Aunt Mary Caroline