Wilbur C. Cayton passed away peacefully at home and went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones. A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Greenville Church of God on South Memorial Drive, and conducted by Pastor Daylon Mooneyham. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.
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Mr. Cayton was a Pitt County native, born and raised in Winterville, where he also attended school. He served in the Army for two years with the 112 Infantry 28th Division during the Korean Conflict. He spent most of his adult life in Greenville where he was employed by E.F. Craven Company. He also worked for Winterville Machine Works and United Machine Works, from whom he retired in 1991. He was a former member of Winterville Free Will Baptist Church, serving as a deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and sang with The Messengers Quartet. In 2006, he and his wife transferred their membership to Greenville Church of God. Mr. Cayton enjoyed "picking and grinning," fishing, cooking, and adored his children and grandchildren and great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Sallie Cayton; a sister, Dorcas Highsmith, and twin infant brothers, Kenneth Stacey and Seth Stanley.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mamie Ruth S. Cayton; daughter, Diane Cayton Peaden and husband, Jimmy, of Greenville; sons, Al Cayton and wife, Wanda, of Winterville, and Brad Cayton and wife, Paula, of Black Jack; sisters, Lillian Grandchamp and husband, Joe, of Rhode Island, Amy Mills, and Arlene Gurganus and husband, Sellers, both of Greenville; grandchildren, Brandie P. Whitehurst and husband, Greg, of Robersonville, Ashley P. Hudson and husband, Chris, of Simpson, Cody Cayton of Winterville, and Walker and Statler Cayton of Black Jack; great-grandchild, Lana Whitehurst of Robersonville;
The family will receive friends tonight from 6 – 8 at Wilkerson Funeral Home and other times at his home at 103 Fairlane Road.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Greenville Church of God or Winterville Free Will Baptist Church.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Feb. 26, 2013