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Harvey Wilson Stillman went to be his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 1, 2013 wrapped in the love of his daughters, Phyllis Diane Stillman and Deborah Lynn Stillman and Fluff Fluff, his cat pal. He was born in Wilmington, NC, on March 18, 1922.
Harvey now rejoins his wife of 62 years, Lorena Stillman, in their new heavenly home. Lorena predeceased him in July, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his parents, James Wilson Stillman and Josephine George Stillman, and sisters, Allie Mae Parker, Elsie Gore and Gloria Clark.
In addition to his daughters, he is survived by his sister, Josephine Stillman; sisters-in-law, Lilly Martin and Erma Martin, and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Harvey was proud of his service to his country in World War II, and was honorably discharged from the 44th Engineer Combat Battalion of the US Army. He sustained injuries during the Battle of the Bulge. He had a lifetime passion for our country's flag, and the proper treatment of and respect for it, and held all who have served our country in highest esteem.
After the war, he joined Piedmont Airlines, from which he retired. In retirement, he was fond of nature, and sought to gently care for God's creatures of all types. Birds were so comfortable with him, that as he sat and rocked on the front porch, a little bird would descend and perch on his ever present ball cap. He continued to feed feral cats as he and Lorena had done for years.
Harvey was a problem solver and enjoyed fixing whatever was broken. He loved yard work and taking care of all growing things. He had lovingly reminded his daughters that as soon as the azaleas bloomed this year, they needed pruning.
He loved listening to Hank Williams' music, and accordingly, his daughter Debbie has arranged for "I Saw the Light" to be played at his graveside service at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 3, 2013,at Oakdale Cemetery.
Dr. Glen Bohannon, Interim pastor of College Acres Baptist Church will officiate.
Harvey chose to depart this world for a better one from his home. Nonetheless, he celebrated his 91st birthday in New Hanover Regional Medical Center with excellent care from the 8th floor staff and special attention from James. Also, his daughters wish to thank his cardiologist, Dr. James W. Snyder, and the very special Hospice staff, especially Mary Clark and Caroline Dove.
The family welcomes flowers or memorial contributions to the New Hanover Humane Society, 2405 N. 23rd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
To a beloved father, and brother, this sentiment: "If tears could have saved you, you would have lived forever."
The staff of Coble Ward-Smith is honored to serve the family of Harvey Wilson Stillman.
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2013