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Feb.1, 1920-April 16, 2006

First Lieutenant, United States Air Force, Retired Wilson V. Eagleson II departed his earthly life on Sunday, April 16, 2006.

He was the son of the late Wilson V. Eagleson Sr. and Frances Marshall Eagleson. He retired from Belk of Goldsboro, where he worked in the men's clothing department.

He served for thirty years in the US Air Force until his retirement in 1972. His military career included not only World War II, but the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. During his career, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts, three Presidential Unit Citations, the Red Star of Yugoslavia, the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals, as well as numerous other awards and decorations.

Lt. Eagleson was an active member of the AARP and American Legion of Goldsboro, N.C., and a member of the Wilson V. Eagleson Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen Inc., for which the chapter was named.

He leaves to cherish his memory his ex-wife and best friend, Geraldine R. Thornton; two sons, Wilson V. Eagleson III and wife, Brenda, of Durham and Gerald B. Eagleson and wife, Marylyn, of Dudley; two daughters, Diedra A. Coney and husband, Ronald C. Alexander Sr. of Durham and Helen F. Eagleson of the home; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosalind E. Exum of Hampton, Va.; two foster children, Arthur and Teresita Washington of Dudley, N.C.; and a host of other relatives and his Tuskegee Airmen family.

The funeral will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Markham Memorial Gardens in Chapel Hill.

The family will receive friends at Howell Funeral Home on Friday from 4 until 7 p.m., with the family present from 6 until 7 p.m.

(Written & Paid by the Family)

Published in Obituaries on April 20, 2006 2:02 PM