Peggy Ann Lee Wilder

Peggy Ann Lee Wilder

Peggy Ann Lee Wilder

December 6, 1940–March 1. 2023

Peggy Ann Lee Wilder, 82, of the Emit; N. C. community passed away Wednesday March 1, 2023. She was at home surrounded by her friends and family. A tribute to her life will be held at 11: 00 AM on Saturday, March 11 at Zebulon Baptist Church, Dr. Michael Cogdill, Interim Senior Pastor presiding. She was born December 6, 1940 to Wade Clayton Lee and Annie Serella Creech. She is survived by her husband, Barna O. Wilder, Sr. for 61 years..

Surviving children are Barnanne Wilder Creech (Rodney),  Dr. B. Osbone Wilder (Jennifer). Grand children: Wade Creech, Whitley Creech, Josie Wilder, Revel Wilder and  Wagner Wilder. Surviving brothers-in-law, W. Nelson Wilder (Tanis), James D. Upchurch. Peggy taught school for 31 years at Zebulon Elementary School. But once a Teacher Always A Teacher. Her spirit has ascended back to God who gave it. Peggy’s body is not with us today.  It was her will to donate her body to The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Now her body continues teaching, maybe to some of the students she may have taught in first or fourth grade.

Peggy was a graduate of Corinth Holders High School,  Louisburg College, Atlantic Christian College and East Carolina University.

Peggy was a seasoned traveler and loved every minute of visiting places being unknown to her. Peggy never met a stranger. Given her 5 minutes in conversation, she would know their life’s history. Some places Peggy have travel to are: Bermuda, Cancun, Porto Valero, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Hawaii, Alaska, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Japan, Israel, Paris, Canada, Italy and various states of our United States and other places of travel too numerous to name. Other volunteer activities included Delta Kappa Gamma Educators Society, Zebulon Woman’s Club, Louisburg College Golden Anniversay Club Alumni Board, East Carolina University Golden Alumni. Other volunteer church activities included ZBC book club. ZBC Bereavement Committee chairman,

ZBC  Worship Guild , MLK breakfast committee and other church and civic volunteer activities. She will be missed, but her spirit of engaging in conversation will live on forever. Her daily motto was she saw her life to be blessed, more blessed and blessed again.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.  Full obituary will be available and email condolences will be at


  • FRANCIS N CHAMPION Posted March 3, 2023 9:01 pm

    Sincere sympathy to all the family. Peggy was such an inspiring lady who never saw a stranger. I have know her and all her family all my life and was so very sorry to hear of her passing. May the good Lord give you all comfort in the days ahead. Prayers..

  • Stephanie Edwards Swope Posted March 6, 2023 6:56 am

    Please accept out most heartfelt condolences. Peggy had such an outgoing and larger than life personality. I know that she made an impact on many people’s lives. May God bless your family and give you strength and comfort during this time.

  • Latissa Hampton Posted March 9, 2023 3:01 pm

    Mrs. Creech, I am truly sorry for your loss. No words to express what you may be feeling, but I pray that God comforts you and your family during this time.

  • Shirley Snelling Posted March 11, 2023 10:37 am

    For the short time I’ve known Mrs. Wilder I found her to be a woman of grace and love. She exemplified what we all should do to make the world a better place….Love One Another. My deepest most heartfelt condolences to the family.

  • Worth & Gail H. Brown Posted March 13, 2023 7:37 pm

    Peggy never met a stranger, she was full of life and loved to talk to everyone she met. She was a good friend and will be missed dearly. She is resting in the arms of Jesus. God bless her family.

  • Class of 1957 Corinth Holders Highschool, Posted March 13, 2023 7:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Peggy is resting in the arms of Jesus.

  • Worth & Gail Hinton Brown Posted March 13, 2023 7:39 pm

    Praying for all her family.

  • 1957 class of CHHS Posted March 13, 2023 7:40 pm

    Praying for her family.

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