Melba Jean Wiles

March 7, 1953 - September 2, 2023
Melba Jean Wiles

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Melba Jean Wiles, age 70, of Leland, North Carolina passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side on September 2, 2023, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Melba was born on March 7, 1953, in Milledgeville, Georgia. Throughout her life, she was a woman of many talents and pursued various careers.

She was a strong and independent woman, Melba’s true passion lay in her unconditional love for her family. She loved them with her entire being and made it her mission to ensure that everyone in her life was taken care of. Melba had a heart of gold and never hesitated to offer a helping hand to those in need. She never met a stranger and would freely give or provide a room to anyone who required assistance.

One of Melba’s simple pleasures in life was indulging in the all-you-can-eat buffet for crab legs. She also had a fondness for thrift stores and enjoyed browsing through them, always on the lookout for hidden treasures. Melba cherished her coffee breaks, savoring those moments with a warm cup in hand.

Melba leaves behind a legacy of love and kindness. She is survived by her daughter, Christy Smith, and husband Karl of Wallace, NC, as well as her son, Curtis Porter of Estill, SC. Melba’s siblings, Helen Holden and husband Bill of Savannah, GA, Donnie Callahan of Dublin, GA, Kenneth Anthony Smith of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Amy Callahan of Savannah, GA. Also Jeff Watts and family of Wilmington, NC mourn her passing.

In addition to her immediate family, Melba is remembered by her four grandchildren, Brittney Nichole Shumpert, Patience Victoria Altman and husband Ryan, Amber Marie Horry, and Abigail Porter. She is also survived by her three great-grandchildren, London Smith, AJ Shumpert, and Marleigh Smith. Melba had numerous nieces, nephews, and a wide circle of friends, including her close companions Darlene Wright, Deloris Gutherie, and Margaret Covington.

Melba was preceded in death by her mother, Margret Herringdine, her father, James Callahan, and her brother, Ronnie J. Callahan. While Melba’s life may not have been marked by notable achievements or memberships in organizations, her impact on the lives of those around her was immeasurable.

A celebration of Melba Jean Wiles’ life will be held at a later date, allowing all who loved and cherished her to come together and honor her memory. Melba’s genuine kindness, selflessness, and unwavering love will forever inspire those who were fortunate enough to know her. She will be deeply missed but always remembered as a beacon of light in our lives.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, located at 1535 South 14th Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. The funeral home can be reached at 910-791-9099.

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  • September 11, 2023
    Stella Seals says:
    So Sorry for your loss, even though I didn't meet her in Person we played a lot of games together, chatted and talked on the phone. She was a sweet Lady that will be dearly missed. Prayers

  • September 09, 2023
    Norma says:
    She was a real sweet lady,I loved talking to her.i will miss her,yaw are all in my Prayers.Beautiful lady.

  • September 08, 2023
    Margaret Covington says:
    Melba was a friend and also like a sister to me she was alway there when I needed someone to talk to. I will miss her forever she will never be forgotten love you my dear friend till I see you again 💔💔💔

  • September 07, 2023
    Terry says:
    A good friend like a second mom was there for all us when she came to Ridgeland the Waffle House queen her door was allways open to anyone who needed her and we were bad but didn’t matter she loved us will never forget her great lady my friend gean

  • September 07, 2023
    Brittney says:
    Melba Jean was my best friend in the whole world. There will not be a day that goes by that I do not miss her, think of her or wish she were still here with me. She was one of the strongest people I have ever met and I aspire to be more like my goggy. One day I will see that beautiful smile again. She will never be forgotten.