Charles Bilbro

Published 1:23 am Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mr. Charles H. Bilbro, age 91, formerly from Greensboro and a current resident of Washington, N.C., died on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at River Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A funeral will be conducted 2:00 PM Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Greensboro. Burial will follow in Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Monday April 29, 2013 at Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home’s Sedgefield Chapel, 6000 High Point Road.

Mr. Bilbro was born in Guilford County on July 5, 1921, son of Walter Larmon Bilbro and Mary Swaim Bilbro. Mr. Bilbro was married to the former Nell Jones on September 21, 1941. He was a retired engineer with Southern Railway where he followed his father’s profession; the two having more than 90 years of service with Southern. Mr. Bilbro was a charter member of the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Volunteer Fire Department.  In addition to his service as a firefighter and traffic officer, he served many years as treasurer of the Firemen’s Pension Fund. Mr. Bilbro was a lifelong member of St. John’s United Methodist Church (formerly West End Methodist Church) where he served in numerous positions and taught the Men’s Sunday school class for many years.

Mr. Bilbro was preceded in death by his wife, Nell, of seventy years and a son, Walter Mark Bilbro. He is survived by two sons, Charles Richard Bilbro and wife Pamela of Raleigh and James B. Bilbro and wife Mary of Washington; four grandchildren, Timothy R. Bilbro and wife Daniela of Burke, Virginia, Laura Bilbro Berry and husband Todd of Washington, Christopher M. Bilbro and wife Jennifer of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. and Michael A. Bilbro and wife Bridget of Washington; eight great grandchildren; two brothers; William R. Bilbro and wife Estelle, Robert E. Bilbro and wife Marie; a sister, Ann Bilbro Wright and husband Doug; and his brother in law, William C. Jones and wife Lib, all of Greensboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St, John’s United Methodist Church or to Washington First United Methodist Church’s New Horizon Building Fund.

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Arrangements are by Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home of Greensboro and Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington.