William “Bill” Driver

William “Bill” Driver

William “Bill” Driver, 93, of Wendell passed away on Tuesday, October 13.

Born March 9, 1927 in Johnston County, he is the son of the late James and Nellie Driver.

In 1947, he married the love of his life, Ruby McCray Driver, and together they raised three children as they built a life they loved. Mr. Driver was a life-long Johnston County farmer and leaves behind a tremendous legacy to his family. To say Mr. Driver farmed for a living would be an understatement. He lived to farm. He had a passion and love for farming; he was among the best of the best. He was a true southern gentleman and a man of unwavering integrity who was kind and reverent to all living things. He was a member of Baptist Tabernacle Church in Wendell, NC, where he taught Sunday School and served as a deacon for many years. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, on the Johnston County Board of Education, and was a Master Mason. Mr. Driver was loved by everyone whose path he crossed and could fix anything he set his mind to. He was the ideal family man and a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Above all, he was a devoted man of faith who lived his life as a humble servant to God.

Mr. Driver was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ruby McCray Driver, and their oldest son, Terry Elmo Driver. Siblings, Howard Driver, Hayden Driver, Ruby Sutton, & Mary Ellen Stallings.

Surviving are a son, Tony William Driver; a daughter, Tammy Driver Narron, and husband Jimmie; and a daughter-in-law, Rickie Driver; nine grandchildren; Dax Driver, and wife Jana; Devin Driver; Eric Driver; Kristin Jenkins, and husband Sheldon; Blair Driver; Lauren Driver; Jordan Ashley and husband Emery; Adam Driver, and wife Kayla; Colton Narron; and ten great grandchildren, sister, Dorothy Page, and special nephews & nieces.

Special thanks to his granddaughter, Devin Driver, and to Springbrook Nursing & Rehab and Zebulon Rehab, who took great care of him in his final years of life.

Though his worldly presence will be greatly missed, his enduring legacy will serve to inspire those who knew him to walk by faith for eternity. Well done, thou great and faithful servant.

“How lucky are we to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Youth Group at Baptist Tabernacle Church, 1599 NC Hwy 231, Wendell, NC, 27591.

A private graveside funeral will be held for immediate family at Baptist Tabernacle Church.

Available at www.facebook.com/stricklandfuneral on Saturday. He will lie in repose Thursday from 3-5 pm, at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. www.stricklandfuneral,com


  • Beverly Maidon Jones Posted October 14, 2020 2:17 pm

    Tony&Tammy, I am so sorry to hear the passing of your daddy. He was a good man, always had a smile and a kind word. He will truly be missed. The family will be in our thoughts&prayers. Devin, I am so sorry to hear the passing of your granddaddy. I know how much you loved him, and I know you are going to miss him, but you will always have sweet, precious memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs and lots of love to you all!

  • James and Terra Collier Posted October 14, 2020 6:08 pm

    Tammy and Tony. We are so sorry for your loss! Mr. Driver was the most gentle, kind, Godly man we know. He will be missed by not just his family but the community also.

  • Brenda & Jimmy Lewis Posted October 14, 2020 7:19 pm

    What a devoted Christian man. Prayers for the family. Mr Bill was a Blessing to all who knew him. Love you all.

  • CONNIE ONEAL Posted October 15, 2020 9:18 am

    Tammy, Tony & family, What a beautiful tribute to your sweet, kind, gentle Daddy. It is spot on. A Godly man in every sense of the word. He lived the example. My deepest condolences and prayers are with you and your sweet family. Love all of you dearly.

  • Sandra Johnson Chrisawn Posted October 15, 2020 12:41 pm

    Tony and Tammy, so sorry for your loss. Your Father was always so kind when we were growing up. Prayers for the family.

  • Chris & Wanda Batten Posted October 15, 2020 4:01 pm

    Mr Bill was a true man of God. Never heard a negative thing about him. Always had time for a kind word no matter who it was. He is in a much better place now. RIP

  • Carolyn B Holbrook Posted October 15, 2020 8:10 pm

    Tony and Tammy, Your daddy was a kind and gentle man. My heart goes out to you and pray you find comfort in knowing you will see him again. God bless you and your family..

  • Donna McLaird Posted October 16, 2020 12:51 pm

    Hi Tammy

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please know that you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Robert and Pat Jenkins Posted October 18, 2020 12:11 pm

    We watched as he daily went to nursing home to feed Miss Ruby. Such a loving, devoted husband.

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