William Augustus Marlowe

November 12, 1948 - January 27, 2012
William Augustus Marlowe


William Augustus Marlowe, 63, passed away Friday, January 27, 2012, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter Wilmington, NC.

He was born November 12, 1948, in Southport, NC, the son of the late Robert Eugene and Mary Catherine Marlowe. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, James E. Marlowe and Robert E. (Gene) Marlowe, Jr.

Bill was a graduate of UNC-W with a degree in history and a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He was employed by Praxair Healthcare Systems.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Darlene Harris Marlowe and son Robert (Bob) Nathaniel Marlowe. Bill is also survived by his sister, Catherine M. O’Quinn and husband Robert, sister-in-law Louise S. Marlowe, nephew James R. Marlowe, and nieces Jennifer G. Rogge and husband Tim and Whitney O’Quinn Bullock; aunt Doris H. Northrop and uncle Robert E. Northrop and wife, Celest and many cousins.

The family will receive friends at the home, 120 Yorktown Drive, Wilmington, NC, on Sunday, January 29th from 2:00 to 6:00pm. A graveside service will be held at the family plot in Southport, NC at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • January 28, 2012
    Hunt, Texas says:
    Bill was one of the really good guys. I followed him as Archon (President) of Pi Kappa Phi. We were room mates at the "house" on Market Street. Bill was kind,thoughtful, considerate, compassionate, and always fun to be around. He actually care about people. The world is diminished by his departure.

  • January 30, 2012
    Herb Dempsey says:
    Bill was truly a memorable individual. Our overlap at UNCW and Pi Kappa Phi was brief but long enough to gain an appreciation for his quick wit as well as more serious approach to life. The memories he leaves will warm our hearts and bring smiles to all who knew him. My thoughts are with family and friends.

  • January 29, 2012
    Linda Lee Polk says:
    Dear friends, We are saddened to learn of Bill's passing. We pray that God will meet your needs at this time. May He give you strength and courage to carrfy on, and hope, peace, and love to comfort your hearts at this difficult time. Each of you remain in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come. With sincere sympathy, Linda Lee and Mitchell L. Polk 2716 Nottingham Lane, Apt. D Monroe, NC 28110-6505

  • January 29, 2012
    Martin Sondey says:
    Darlene, when I reach back across the years to when we lived at #3 East Atlanta Street, the memories I have of Bill are some of the fondest and most indelible of my life. Life around Bill could be raucous and introspective at the same time - and it was never boring. He loved life and everybody and everything in it, and everybody returned that love to him. And, as great a man as he was - I remenber vividly when you came along and made him very, very happy. You made him complete. There's a little bit of Bill Marlowe in all of us who knew him, and it's a spark I treasure. Martin

  • January 30, 2012
    Sherry Seaton Chafin says:
    I have so many fond memoris of Bill growing up in Hanover Heights. He was a kind, gentle soul that marched to the beat of his own drum. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Sherry and Al Chafin