William “Bill” Lloyd Farabee, Jr.

August 21, 1931 - September 16, 2021
William “Bill” Lloyd Farabee, Jr.

Mr. William L. Farabee, Jr., was born on August 21, 1931, to the late William and Anne Farabee, and passed away on September 16, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, completing his journey of 90 years.

A time of visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from the hours of 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Bill served his country with honor in the United States Air Force, he was a pilot for 5 years and stationed at Andrew’s Air Force base located in Washington DC, where he met the love of his life of 66 years, Ruth Farabee. He was also a faithful employee for the FAA, where he worked for 39 years as a air traffic controller. In his spare time he enjoyed wood working, and was a dedicated fan of UNC Tar Heels.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife: Ruth Farabee; two sons: William L. Farabee III, (Mary); Steven L. Farabee (Rachel); one daughter: Deborah R. Farabee; two sisters: Nancy Revis (Jim); Don Almond (Larry); four grandchildren: Lars (Elizabeth); Lukas (Victoria); Wil; Katherine (Aaron); two great-grandchildren: Elliot; Eleanor; along with a host of relatives and friends.

Along with his parents he is preceded in death by one sister: Betty Wilson Dayvault.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM, at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastors Mark Opgrand and Jonathan Conrad officiating. Burial with Military honors will follow the service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials to be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in his name.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021
5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wilmington Funeral Chapel - Directions
1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • September 22, 2021
    Elizabeth Farabee says:
    Papa was always quick with a joke. My favorite story is of how he painted with Grandma by his side so she could help him with the colors. We will cherish his memory! Elliot sends his love. We love you, Grandma. Love, Lars & Elizabeth

  • September 22, 2021
    Elaine Francis says:
    i'm so sorry for your loss and regret we lost contact over the years. You were good neighbors and friends.

  • October 11, 2021
    Sid Curry says:
    To Ruth and family. I was very saddened to learn of Bill's demise. I only worked with him for 4 1/2 years but always enjoyed his quick wit. His jokes were so corny at times but always an extreme pleasure. I know this is late but I just learned of it. Please accept my most sincere condolences.