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Mr. William A. "Bunny" Babson age 76 of Bolivia died Thursday October 25, 2012 at New Hanover regional Medical Center.

Mr. Babson was born in Brunswick County on November 14, 1935 and was the son of the late Newman Legrant Babson and Myrlie Rebecca Simmons Babson. Mr. Babson served with N.C. National Guard from 1951-1958 and then served with the U.S. Army until 1962. He was employed with Babson Services of Columbus County for 18 years modifying homes for the handicapped. He was employed as a maintenance supervisor for Brunswick County Schools for 21 years. He served on the Sen-Land Board of Brunswick County for 8 years. Mr. Babson was a founding member and served as the first chief of the Holden Beach Fire Department known now as the Tri-Beach Fire department. He was very active member of the Brunswick County Republican Party for 50 years.

Bunny was well known for his generosity and hospitality displayed daily at the "Shed" with his family and friends through his endless home cooked meals which were prepared daily. Even the uninvited were invited to enjoy. The "shed" was a place of good food, family and friends and discussing National, State and local politics. He was an avid fisherman and he took great pride in preparing and serving his catches at the "Shed" along with samples from his bountiful garden especially his collards; however the first pickings from the garden were given to Shirley "Miss Daisy". Other than having a wealth of knowledge in gardening and fishing he was a skilled carpenter and took great pride in sharing his skills with others.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Corbett Babson lovingly known as "Miss Daisy"of the home; three children, Karen Elaine Babson-school teacher and full of the Babson "Mischief" of Bolivia, William Bradley Babson, his right hand at all the cookouts and Jeopardy partner of Bolivia, Heath Graham Babson, his baby boy, fishing buddy and a proud Marine! and devoted daughter in-law Melissa of Little River, SC; the joy of his life ,six grandchildren, Cameron Savage, Deidra Babson, Laura Babson, Bradley Babson all of Bolivia, Madelyn Babson, Alston Babson of Little River, SC; adopted granddaughter, Nicole and great granddaughter, Emelia "Emma";four brothers, Norvin Babson and wife Jean of Old Dock, Harold Babson and wife Jettie of Old Dock, Danny Babson and wife Teresa of Ash, Darious Babson and Wife Stella of Ash; a sister, Jane Carol Powell and husband Floyd of Old Dock; a special Aunt, Crady Crowell of Whiteville; two special in-laws, Aunt Virginia and sister in-law, Judy Crobett Gunby. Bunny had several good friends and best buddies one of which was Bill Willetts. Their endless fish tales provided entertainment at the "Shed".

Funeral services will be held Tuesday October 30, 2012 at 2pm at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2919 Galloway Rd., Bolivia with Reverend V.C. Potter Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Winnabow.

Pallbearers will be Kent Babson, Scott Babson, Derrik Babson, Matthew Babson, Bruce Babson, Bobby Jack Ladson, Scott Willetts, Mike Profancik. Honorary pallbearers will be Baxter Sterling, Porky Mintz, Bill Willetts, Tom Adams, Farron Holden, Elmer Bullard.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 Monday evening at White Funeral and Cremation Service, 3660 Express Dr., Shallotte and other times at the residence, 132 Mill Creek Road, Bolivia.

In Lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Gideon's International P.O. Box 834 Shallotte, NC 28459.

You may offer online condolences at

White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte 754-3333

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2012
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