Gloria Vaught Musselwhite

November 22, 1934 - January 27, 2015
Gloria Vaught Musselwhite

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Gloria Vault Musselwhite on January 27th.To say that we are shocked would be the understatement of the century because Gloria was supposed to outlive us all.

A fireball of energy, a spry young 80, she was born in Wilmington on November 22, 1934. It wasn’t uncommon to see her on her John Deere mowing the grass, or standing on a ladder hanging Christmas lights with a staple gun. That’s just the kind of gal she was. She enjoyed yard sales and it was often that you saw her in her green Saturn wagon driving like a NASCAR driver to find her next treasure, hopefully knowing that she was our treasure! Many a middle sounder was in awe at her level of energy, and she could outwork any 40 year old in the yard. There was no stopping that little lady, and she didn’t have a lot to say, but what she did say, you could take to the bank, because it was the truth.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Hilda Vaught and her husband, James Musselwhite.

She is survived by three sons, Rick Musselwhite and wife Sandy, Jim Musselwhite, and Danny Musselwhite and wife Heather, two sisters, Wanda Smith and Lillian Sneeden, who also doubled as her best friends, three grandchildren, Charlie and Cacky Musselwhite, and Danny Whisnant, and one great grandson, Steven Whisnant, along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 30th at Wilmington Funeral Chapel at 2:00, followed by a graveside service at Oakdale Cemetery at 3:30. Family and friends are invited to gather at 206 Hatteras Ct. in Hampstead following the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you go to a yard sale and find a bargain that would make her proud, because that’s the kind of gal she was, or you may choose to give a donation to your favorite charity.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • January 30, 2015
    Sandee Spradley says:
    Rick, Sandy and family, my deepest sympathies for your loss. Thoughts and prayers as you go through this sad time.

  • February 04, 2015
    lynda king taylor says:
    Rest in Peace little cuz. But I know you won't,you will probably be up to your elbows in dirt,making Heaven even more beautiful. Thank you for all the fun times we had as children on Wrightsville Ave. See you when I get to Heaven. Kiss my Mama for me when you see her. xoxoxo

  • January 29, 2015
    Joel & Sharron Pickett says:
    Rick, Jim & Danny, So terribly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. RSE

  • January 30, 2015
    steve Evanko says:
    Danny and Heather so sorry to hear about your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.