William Eldon Mothorpe

November 19, 1934 - January 5, 2008
William Eldon Mothorpe

William E. Mothorpe of Hampstead, NC died after a brief illness at his home on January 5, 2008.

Bill had a magnificent journey through life, but all too short for all the plans he wanted to accomplish here on earth. He leaves his wife Joyce “Joy” of 50 years, his only daughter Kelly M. Ogrin, two grandsons, Christian Tyler Mothorpe Ogrin and Dylan Patrick “Mr. “D” Ogrin, and their father Patrick J. Ogrin. Bill wanted to live on to see his grandsons grow into strong, meaningful adults and be proud of their accomplishments. He had one sister, Shirley M. Campo of Forest VA., sisters-in law and brothers in-law Burdette and Mary E. Sauerbier, Donald and Jane Boyd, Clyde and Dolly Boyd, Dansville., NY, William
J. and Marilyn Boyd of Madison Heights MI, and John and S. Jean McKay of Cornelius, NC, many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors who meant a great deal to him.

Bill was born on November 19, 1934 in Rochester, NY to the late Russell John and Anna Elizabeth Stoddard Mothorpe. He graduated from Dansville Central High School in 1953. In high school, Bill excelled in basketball, football and track. He attended Ithaca College with a basketball scholarship; he later joined the United States Marine Corps and served from 1954 to 1957. In 1958, he transferred to Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL where he received the Omicron Delta Kappa Scholastic Achievement Award. He graduated from Florida
Southern college with honors in 1961. Bill began his Federal Government service with the General Account Office in Washington, DC in 1961. Throughout his career with the Federal Government, Bill received many awards. During his tenure with Small Business Administration, he received the SBA Superior Performance Award. In 1972, Bill received a one year sabbatical to attend the University of Southern California, under the Federal Executive Development Program. Shortly after completing this program and receiving his Masters Degree he returned to Washington DC to continue his career. He spear headed the first Electronic Funds transfer at the Department of Agriculture and retired from Government service in 1983 to enjoy his retirement life to the fullest in NC.

Bill’s love of life, and family was always his main goal and when he was presented with two wonderful grandsons, Christian and Dylan, life could not have been better. “Grandguy”, as he was affectionately known, was always there for the boys…delivering milk every Wednesday and literally acting as a totem pole on which the boys would climb.

There were few feats that Bill didn’t accomplish…He designed and built his home in Olde Point overseeing every brick that was laid, then meticulously cared for his family, home and gardens. Bill enjoyed every minute with his loving wife Joy, beautiful daughter Kelly and his grandsons. He brought light, laughter and joy in our lives every day. His sense of humor never ceased, he will surely live on in our hearts forever.

Many thanks especially to his doctors, Michelle Jones, J. Anagnost and staff, our family, friends and neighbors, who have been so supportive and helpful during this most difficult time.

A private family burial is planned at Oakdale Cemetery, with Rev. Robert Lapp,
Assoc. Pastor of St, Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church of Wilmington
officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to America’s Second Harvest, The Nations Food Bank Network, Donations Processing Center, P.O. Box 8929, Topeka, KS 66608-8929 or the American Cancer Society, for pancreatic cancer research donations can be made online at their website at www.pancan.org or PanCAN, 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Online condolences may be sent to www.wilmingtonburialandcremation.com

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • January 06, 2008
    Greg and Meg Adkins says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do. We will always keep our memories of Mr. Mothorpe very close to our hearts. May God bless your family.

  • January 06, 2008
    Jennifer Moore & Family says:
    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the family. We feel as if we have lost a part of our "Neighbor Family!" Please know that we will be here for each of you in any capacity that we can. Love and Prayers to each of you! Bobby, Jennifer, Bradley, Aubrey, and Clancey!

  • January 23, 2008
    Melody Karbley says:
    Bill's smile I will never forget. We'll all miss him. I never knew his middle name. That is the couple Laura was in contact with for all the family tree information. Elsie forwarded the link to her and she forwarded it to me. I am glad I was able to see his photo. Love, Melody

  • January 10, 2008
    Elsie Drum says:
    My deepest sympathy to your family. Elsie Drum (Louis Stoddard's cousin)

  • January 10, 2008
    Ed Eiler says:
    May God's peace be with the family. It's with great sympathy to know Bill is gone to be with the heavenly angels. "Beach Bum Billy" and 'Wild Bill' is what we called him when we lived in Sneads Ferry, N.C. He treated my wife,kids and I like family. We will never forget his loving kindness. The pampas grass at the beach house was tough to trim, but sure enjoyed his friendship. Love to all, The Eiler family