Richard Glen Pegram of Seaford, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.
Richard was born in Wallburg, N.C. and spent his childhood in Bassett, Va., where he was the second oldest of five children. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Carrie Hines Pegram and Thomas Roger Pegram, his sister, Doris P. Maxey, and his brother, Bruce H. Pegram.
Richard always spoke fondly of his many memories growing up in Bassett and spending time with extended family in Wallburg, especially with his cousins, Sarah Barnes and the late Jimmie Hines.
As a young man, he served in the United States Navy in World War II on the U.S.S. St. Paul in the Pacific. When he returned from service, he attended Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. He eventually went to work for E.I. du Pont De Nemours, & Company in Martinsville, Va., where he met his wife, Mary C. Pegram of Danville, Va. Richard and Mary married in September of 1959 and relocated to Seaford in 1962, where Richard worked in production and planning with the Dupont Company until retiring in 1985.
Richard enjoyed many sports and activities. He was an active member of Grace Baptist Church where he enjoyed serving as a deacon and singing in the choir. He enjoyed sports and activities at the Seaford Golf & Country Club where he played tennis and was an avid golfer. However, Richard’s greatest love was his wife of almost 60 years, his children and grandchildren. He was often seen playing in the yard or fishing off the dock with his grandchildren. He was happiest when he was with his family, gathered at home or on vacations to Williamsburg, Va., Hilton Head, S.C., and Long Beach, N.C. with his brothers.
Richard was known for his relaxed and contented demeanor. He embraced everyone for who they are and was appreciative of all his friends and family. He was a true southern gentleman, as he approached life with humility and always showed respect and kindness to others. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life and was a true representation of his love for and belief in Jesus Christ. He was blessed to be neighbors with the Hearn and Trice families, who provided years of friendship, comfort and support. He was also blessed to have a true angel, Gloria Elliott, to provide ongoing care and companionship.
Richard is survived by his two brothers, John T. Pegram (Phyllis) and Joe S. Pegram (Peggy), both of Bassett, and a brother-in-law, Creed Maxey of Bassett. He is also survived by his son, William R. Pegram (Megan); daughter, Susan L. Pegram (Kyle); five grandchildren, William R. Pegram Jr. (Alyson), Nathan Pegram, Alyson Wallace, Thomas Asher Wallace Jr., and Emma Pegram; as well as close family friend, Thomas A. Wallace Sr. (Krista).
Visitation will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, on Friday, Sept. 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. with service and fellowship time to follow. Burial will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Vitas Healthcare Hospice in Sussex County, 30265 Commerce Dr., Ste. 202, Millsboro, DE 19966 or Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, DE 19973.
Arrangements are in the care of Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford.
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