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WILBUR WARDELL HURLEY, SR.

December 2, 1940 September 13, 2015
WILBUR WARDELL HURLEY, SR.
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Wilbur Wardell Hurley, Sr. was born on December 2, 1940 to the late Charles Hurley and the late Margaret Brooks. Wilbur was raised by his late stepfather Maurice Brooks. God in his divine wisdom and tender mercy called him to eternal heavenly rest on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Baptist South Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wilbur was educated in the public schools of Calvert County. He graduated from William Sampson Brooks High School on June 10, 1959. He continued educating himself through the years.

Wilbur approached the work world at an early age. He would work with his Uncle Albert Brooks Construction Company as a teenager. He learned from him a very valuable trade, in which he loved. After graduation, he moved to Washington, DC where he worked as a waiter for several upscale restaurants. In 1960, he moved back home and began working for Melvin Brown, a contractor, as a bricklayer. Later, Wilbur worked for Severna Masonry Company until he was drafted in 1963 to serve in the US Army.

He entered into the Army at Ft. Hollibird in Baltimore, MD. He was transferred to Fort Jackson, South Carolina and was held over at their Reception Station. He left Ft. Jackson after 10 days and was sent to Ft. Gordon, GA where he completed eight weeks of basic training. While he was there, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It was a sad time and the country was in turmoil.

After eight weeks of Basic Training, Wilbur was stationed in Ft. Bragg, NC. He served in a Construction Engineer Unit. Later, Wilbur was called to duty in S.E. Asia, Vietnam. Wilbur served one year in Can Tho, South Vietnam. He was honorably discharged from Oakland Army Terminal in Oakland, CA in October 1965. Wilbur was hired shortly after his discharge as a diplomatic courier at Andrews Air Force Base transporting dignitaries. He spoke frequently of all the interesting people he met as he worked in that position. After leaving the Government, he held several other jobs before he decided to join the Iron Workers Local #5 in Washington, DC, where he worked for 10 years. Wilbur later was employed at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. While there, he held positions as a Quality Control Inspector, Quality Control Instructor and Quality Assurance Auditor. He retired from Baltimore Gas and Electric after 20 years of employment.

Wilbur enjoyed talking about his life experiences and travel. He loved talking about cars - old and new. Wilbur enjoyed all sports. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, golfing and doing masonry work in his spare time. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, loving and doting on them.

Wilbur was a faithful and supportive church member. At a young age he joined Plum Point United Methodist Church. In 1965, after his marriage to Philis, he joined Eastern United Methodist Church. He converted to Catholicism in1980 and later converting back to Methodism. Wilbur was a member of Cross Roads United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, FL until the time of his death. There he served as a greeter.

Wilbur was a member of American Legion Post #220, Knights of Columbus Chapter 9258. For many years, he was also a faithful volunteer of Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons Island, MD. Most who knew Wilbur well, knew him as a man who greeted you with a Big Smile!

On February 11, 1965, Wilbur was united in holy matrimony to Philis Ann Blake. This union of 50 years was blessed with three children: Wilbur, Jr., Tammie and Eric.

Wilbur is survived by his loving wife; Philis Ann, his adoring daughter, Tammie A. Howe (Bruce, deceased), his loving and dedicated son, Wil and his youngest son Eric (Dana); 10 admirable grandchildren; Wilbur III (Alex), Blake Ramon (Shanese), Tyler, Trevor, Travis and Trent Howe, Dhalia Hurley, Devonte and Shyrae Brown and Kendrick Wheeler; 4 great grandchildren; Londin Hurley, Kaiden Mason and Jaylyn and Aaliyah Hurley; 1 lovely goddaughter, Jasmine Barnes and Doris Hurley, of whom he was very fond; 7 brothers; Maurice, III (Carly) and Maurice Brooks, Mansfield, Charles (Beverly), Ronald, Leland (Linda), Eugene Hurley; 4 sisters; Violet Brooks, Joyce Hurley, Darlene and Susie (Calvin) Holland; 2 uncles; Norman and Calvin Hurley; 2 aunts; Volley and Lettie Brooks; 4 sisters-in-law; Rosetta Hurley, Dianette Johnson (Vaughn), Elaine Blake and Desiree Blake; 1 brother-in-law, Leroy Blake, Jr. (Carolyn) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Wilbur was preceded in death by his siblings; Lois Ann Brooks, Amos, Kermit and Donald Hurley; sister-in-law Patricia Hurley and brother-in-law, Alexander Holland.

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United States
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