GASTONIA ~ Wilburn "W.T." Thomas Queen passed away peacefully on Friday, January 21, 2022, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was a native of Pacolet, South Carolina, born February 3, 1927, to the late Vernon William Queen and Maggie Mae Martin Queen.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Maxine Mobley Queen who died Oct. 31, 2001, daughter Kimberly Queen Leaphart, brothers, Rev. Ellard Odell Queen, Waddell Queen and Vernon Queen, Jr.; sisters, Frances Queen Edwards and Helen Virginia Queen Neagle.
There was never a stronger, more devoted patriarch or better friend that so many affectionately knew as "WT" or "Wib" Queen. WT never met a stranger. Anyone who had the privilege of experiencing one of his famously firm hugs, handshakes or pats on the back can tell you he had a special way of making everyone feel appreciated and important.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy before graduating from Cramerton High School in 1947. There he played and would go on to coach football. It was there where he also met his future wife, Maxine Mobley. Years later, motivated by lifelong friendships made at Cramerton High, WT organized the "Cramerton Bunch". The Cramerton Bunch met monthly to fellowship, laugh, and reminisce. He later became an integral member of the Cramerton Historical Society and the Town of Cramerton would always hold a special place in his heart.
After attending Belmont Abby College, WT spent the next 32 years working for Duke Power. Upon retirement, he owned and operated Queen's Seafood in Belmont and played golf every chance he got.
WT wholeheartedly loved his family; he loved his friends, and always looked for opportunities to help others. He prioritized his relationship with Christ above all. He sought to honor God and pursue his will in all aspects of his life. Subsequently, Wilburn Thomas Queen lived well. He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church, Sunday School teacher, Senior Citizens Ministry coordinator.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and husband, Leslie Davis, Sandy and husband, Tim Rollins; son, Mark Thomas Queen, grandchildren, Elizabeth Clements, Caleb Davis and Canaan Morehead, Jordan Rollins, Taylor Leaphart, Sarah Brinton; 13 great grandchildren
As a precautionary measure for the health and well being of all those he loved, a private service will be held for the immediate family at Gaston Memorial Park.
WT will lie in state at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 26, 2022. The family will not be present.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made to: Cramerton Historical Society, P.O. Box 68, Cramerton, North Carolina 28032.
Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704-864-5144 is serving the Family.