George McMillan Antley

October 2, 1940 - August 18, 2020
George McMillan Antley

George, 79, died Tuesday, August 18, 2020. He was born October 2, 1940 at Bulluck Hospital on Front Street in Wilmington NC, the son of McMillan Antley and Dorothy King Antley. His parents preceded him in death.

He grew up in Wilmington and attended the New Hanover County school system and was a proud member of the New Hanover High School Class of 1958.

He began a life of service to his country, state, and community the day after his 17th birthday when he joined the NC Army National Guard. Two years later he received an honorable discharge from the organization when he joined the United States Air Force. After four years of service as a medical technician at Hickham AFB in Honolulu, HI, he returned to Wilmington after receiving an honorable discharge.

While attending a meeting of the Civil Air Patrol (an axillary of the USAF) which he had been a member of in his youth, he met a beautiful 18-year-old named Mary Joyce Mixon. She became the love of his life when they were married in 1964. On his death they had been married 56 years.

He joined the Wilmington Police Department in 1964 and served there as a patrolman until 1966 when he joined the Wrightsville Police Department as a patrolman, was promoted to a Lieutenant in the Detective Division and then to Chief of Police which he served for 17 years until his retirement in 1996.

He served on the board of several organizations during his years of service. He was President of the New Hanover County Law Enforcement Officers Association for two terms. Also, he was a past President of the North Carolina Police Executives Association. He was a life member of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. He was a member of the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission, which directs and sets requirements for all state and local law enforcement officers. He served on several state committees which advised law enforcement on how to comply with court decisions effecting personnel such as Americans with Disabilities Act and the Garcia Decision which dealt with law enforcement overtime.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Mixon Antley; daughters: Holly Walton (Richard) of Monroe, NC and their children, SFC Richard C Walton (Allie) of Honolulu, HI; George Walton of Astoria NY and great-grandchildren, Owen and Oliver Walton; Trisha Antley of Wilmington, and her children Alan Boyette (Kellee) of La Habra, CA and Hunter Boyette of Wilmington, NC and Joyce Antley of the home; brother, Daniel Antley (Ruth) of Wilmington NC and sister, Mary Antley Bland (Graham) of Bristol, VA; many nieces and nephews and his faithful canine companion Rikki Shae Antley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced.

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  • August 21, 2020
    bobby bullin says:
    Sorry for your loss George was one of the best. My prayers are with you may God be with all.

  • August 19, 2020
    Morris Abeyounis says:
    Rest in Peace Chief Antley. May GOD be with you and your family. You taught me to lead by example which has stuck with me forever. We will meet again.

  • August 21, 2020
    Robin Harts says:
    George will be missed!! He was an awesome law enforcement officer and a kind man!! I worked with his wife Mary at the NHCSO. Mary I'm so sorry for your loss!!!! Praying that God will give you and your family the peace and comfort that only He can provide at such a difficult time!!!! I'm sending you lots of love, hugs, and prayers!! George thank you for your service and sacrifice!! Well done thy good and faithful servant!! Rest in peace!!

  • August 20, 2020
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  • August 20, 2020
    Randy Coble, jr. says:
    I just learned of George's passing tonight,(8/20) and was saddened beyond belief. He and I grew up and were best friends during our youth on Walnut Street in Wilmington. My last get together was at Wrightsville Beach when we had some hot dogs together on Johnny Mercer's Pier and then circumstances took me away for almost 30 years with no contact. My fondest memory is when he was quarantined with measles and I snuck out of the funeral home to go see him thru the screened window. That gave me the measles and damn if I didn't do it again and we had the mumps!. These were poor times in the 40's and early 50's and we used to collect piles of newspapers and sell them by the pound to a fish market at 4th & Red Cross Sts.. He was a good, honest & honorable man who served his Country well and his family always. Danny, Mary, we've lost contact but I think of all of you often. My best to George's wife and children, I am truly sorry for your loss.