Wilma Weisenberger died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Cypress Glen Senior Lifestyle Community in Greenville. She was 93. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Brown Chapel at Cypress Glen, Greenville. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Palmetto Cemetery in Brunswick, Ga.
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Wilma was born in Hortense, Wayne County (now Brantley), Ga. on Sept. 22, 1919, the fifth child of Alvah Ray and Nora Middleton Adams. She was a beloved school teacher and later principal in Glynn County for over 30 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn. and an Ed S. degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Wilma's first marriage to Guy William Brown of Fendig, Ga. in 1941 made her a "war bride." Guy Brown had an electrical engineering degree from the University of Nevada in Reno, and was a commissioned officer in the ROTC. He later transferred to the Army Air Corps and was the pilot of a B-29 bomber during WWII. After the war, they settled in Brunswick Ga., where Guy was offered a position with Georgia Power Company. He stayed with Georgia Power until his untimely death in 1975. Wilma and Guy had no children of their own, so they helped rear their five nieces, nine nephews, and a few hundred school children and Sunday School children at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Brunswick where they were members for all of their adult life there.
When Guy died, Wilma changed her course in life. She first went to Cooke Barracks, Goppingen, Germany where she taught EASL to armed forces personnel for 17 months. She traveled extensively and met her second husband, Larry E. Brown of Greenville, S.C. on a tour bus in China in 1979. They settled in Greenville and lived there until Larry's death in 1990. Wilma put on her traveling suit again and explored more of Europe and Egypt.
She met and married her third husband, Harry Weisenberger in 1993. Their home was in San Francisco. With this marriage she became the mother of five adult, married children, and a grandmother of 12, at the age of 74. They traveled together to many more places including Mexico, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland. When Harry died, she moved back to Greenville, N.C. to reside in Cypress Glen. She wishes to be cremated there and her ashes will be brought back to Brunswick, Ga. to be placed next to her first love, Guy Brown.
She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Winton Adams of Nahunta, Dow Adams of Arlington, Va., Ronald Adams of Brunswick, Ga.; sisters, Claire Adams O'Quinn of St. Simons Island, Ga., and Maxine Adams of Hortense, Ga.
Wilma will be sorely missed by her survivors, a sister, Jean Adams Walker of Jesup, Ga.; brother, Grayson Adams of New Port Richey, Fla.; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville and Edo Miller & Sons Funeral Home, Brunswick, Ga.
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Published in The Daily Reflector on Oct. 30, 2012