Stephen Wilbur Aman of High Point, NC passed away very peacefully on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at Hospice House at High Point in High Point, NC. Born December 19, 1917 in Jacksonville, NC, he was the youngest of 7 children born to John Henry and Nellie Walton Aman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Elizabeth Hadnott Aman. Also, his sisters; Lucile Aman, Pauline Walker and brothers, George, Hedrick, Adrian and Cyrus.
Wilbur was a World War II veteran, serving in the US Navy, deployed in the South Pacific at the end of the war. When discharged in 1946 and came home, he and his brother Hedrick ran J. H. Aman and Sons Hardware Store on Court St. in Jacksonville for many years; until they closed the store and retired in 1980. He enjoyed gardening at home and fishing and boating on the inland waterway and creeks near Shell Rock Landing. He learned to cook meals, especially delicious scratch made cakes, pies and cookies; when Elizabeth became no longer able to. There was always something sweet he had baked to offer, when you came to visit.
He was active in his home church for many years, Tar Landing Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He would help out on work days with other men, while he resided there. When he moved permanently to High Point in 2012, to be near his daughter; he attended Covenant Church United Methodist as long as he was able.
He is survived by his daughter, Judy Rebecca “Becky” Smith and husband, Mike. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, two sisters in law and other beloved family members.
Visitation is prior to the service, Saturday, December 2nd from 12:30 to 2 PM at Tar Landing Baptist Church, 3884 Richlands Hwy. in Jacksonville. Funeral service will be conducted by Pastor Jack Marshburn at 2 PM. Burial will follow the service at Onslow Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr. High Point, NC 27262 or Tar Landing Baptist Church, 3884 Richlands Hwy. Jacksonville, NC 28540 or Covenant Church United Methodist (Piano Fund), 1526 Skeet Club Rd. High Point, NC 27265.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice House at High Point for their excellent care and compassion in his final days. Thank you to the doctors and nurses on the 4th floor south and other staff at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville for the care you gave him and us during his stay there. Thank you to his doctors and staff for the care you gave over the last several years, Dr. Malcom Marks, Winston Salem; Dr. W. Spencer Tilley, Greensboro; Dr. Daniel Jobe, Dr. Robert Migliardi, Dr. Andrew Eskew, Dr. Ikechukwu Nwobu, Dr. Vallathucherry Harish and Dr. Mohit Kasibhatla; all of High Point.
A special thank you to Mrs. Rhonda McBride, Providence Place Independent Living in High Point; for your love, care and compassion for “Papa” during the time he lived there. We will always hold you close in our hearts. Thank you to his friend, Vern Tatum and his Care Partner, Patrick Moye of Covenant Church United Methodist for the frequent visits and wonderful conversations with Wilbur. Also, thank you to Pastor Jack Marshburn and all of his Tar Landing Baptist Church friends; for coming by bus from Jacksonville or coming individually to visit him regularly.