DUNN — Mr. Frederick “Freddie” L. Williford, 88, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 11, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Sampson County to the late Fred and Violet Keene Williford. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary H. Williford.
Freddie was drafted into the Army in 1953 and while spending six months at Fort Jackson decided to go AWOL to marry his childhood sweetheart, Mary Hawley. After returning home in 1954 from his tour in Trieste, Italy, he began working with Franklin Baking Co. and was promoted to supervisor in 1967. Also, in 1967, Freddie and Mary purchased Dunn-Rite Bakery, which is now Sherry’s Bakery.
Freddie had never been a stranger to hard work, with a full-time job and owning his own business — starting his days at 4 a.m., not only working, but striving to give his business, and ultimately his customers, the very best products and services available. Freddie was well known for his friendly smile and his tray of doughnut holes that he shared with his customers.
Freddie loved his family, he loved his church and he loved Dunn. As a member of Spring Branch Baptist Church, he held many positions and he served on several committees for the City of Dunn.
Freddie has blessed the community not only with the sweets at Sherry’s Bakery, but with an example of what hard work and dedication can accomplish, how to love your God, love your neighbor, provide for your family and “to give as has been given unto you.”
“I’m fine, thank the Lord,” was always his response; he was never one to complain. Freddie always gave the honor for his success to His Savior, in his own words, “God has richly blessed me. I give all the credit to God.”
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Spring Branch Baptist Church by the Rev. Michael Worley and the Rev. Tim McQueen. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
He is survived by a son, Fred Williford and wife Denise of Dunn; two daughters, Sherry Baysa and husband Tracy of Dunn, and Wendy Holdford and husband Hank of Garner; three grandchildren, Adam Spell and wife Jerica, Meredith Johnson and husband Slater, and Dylan Quick; two great-grandchildren, Avery Spell and Sterling Johnson.
A public viewing was Wednesday from 3 until 7 p.m. at Skinner & Smith Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Spring Branch Baptist Church, 2391 N. Spring Branch Road, Dunn, NC 28334.