Wilber Leroy Wilfong, 95, of Enterprise, passed away on April 20, 2020 at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was born February 25, 1925, in Enterprise, to the late Herschel H. and Myrtle M. Hewitt Wilfong. He was married on February 28, 1947 to Lena E. Lindsey, who preceded him in death on May 30, 2010.
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He is survived by three children; Jerry Wilfong and his wife Carla of Enterprise, Roberta Hammond and her husband Earl, Pensacola, FL, Diana Fortney, Shinnston. He is also survived by one sister, Ruby Smith, Simi Valley, CA. He was “Pappy” to his nine remaining grandchildren, Brian Frias, Kevin Fortney, Reginna Waggoner, Stephanie McCann, Wendy McNemar, Ronald Frias, Dennis Wilfong, Susan White and Abbie Morris. He also had 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one son, David Wilfong, one grandson, David Wilfong, Jr., three brothers, Earnest, Charles and Henry Wilfong and two sisters, Ethel Flowers and Lillian Christopher, one son-in-law, Jim Fortney, and his beloved dog, Casper.
Wilber served in the U.S. Army during WWII stationed in Leyte in the Philippine Islands. After returning home and getting married, he spent almost all the remainder of his life in Enterprise, living only a few feet from the farm where he was born. He later owned that farm and raised his family there.
He worked at Owings Coal Mine until its’ closure in 1967. After that, he spent his time working as a carpenter, helping to build and paint many houses in the area, and farming. He also worked as a guard at the Harrison Power Station during its’ construction.
He was an avid fisherman, spending as much time as he could on rivers and lakes. He was a lifetime member of the Joanne Sports Club in Rachel, WV.
He attended Enterprise Grade School as a child, as did all four of his children, and Shinnston High School. He had the most phenomenal memory and enjoyed telling his stories to anyone who would listen. Everyone who knew him understood that when he said, “let me tell you a story”, to take your shoes off and get comfortable.
The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice for their great care and compassion over the past months.
Due to the Covid-19 virus, there will be no public services. A private family graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 22. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Enterprise. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.perinefunerals.com. The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wilfong family.