Edward B. Wilder, 96, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Peak Resources Pinelake.

Edward was a native of Perquimans County, born December 15, 1923. He was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. Ed worked for International Harvester in Asheboro, (Holt-Rooks) and later with International Harvester , in Sanford; as a mechanic on farm equipment and cub cadets.  During his retirement Ed continued to restore cub cadets and help others with small equipment repairs.  He was a beloved member of Putnam Friends Church.  Ed loved serving the Lord and was a blessing to everyone he met.  His smile was shared freely with everyone. He was a son of the late Henry Clayton and Doris Smith Wilder and was preceded in death by wife: Josephine Phillips Wilder.

Ed is survived by daughter: Patricia Joan McGraw and husband Lee, of Carthage;  grandsons: Stephen Douglas Cain, Patrick Edward Owens; great grandchildren: Ashleigh, Douglas, Brianna, Jacob; great great grandchildren: Michael, James, Kaiden; many nieces, nephews and friends. 

Graveside service will be Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM  at  Putnam Friends Church Cemetery, with the Reverend Robert Kidd officiating. The body will lie in state from 9:00 AM till 12:30 Thursday October 1, 2020 at Kennedy Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Putnam Friends Church, 136 Putnam Church Road, Carthage, NC 28327.

Kennedy Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wilder Family.

Online condolences may be made at www.pinesfunerals.com


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  1. We visited with Mr. Wilder when we would visit my grandmother on Sundays at Peak Resources. He was always smiling and always happy to see people! His laugh was infectious and we loved our conversations with him. Prayers for his family during this time.

  2. I had the honor of being Mr. Wilder’s sub mail carrier for 10 years. He was the sweetest man. He always had a smile on his face when he met me at the box or at his porch to get his mail. His laugh was contagious and you couldn’t help but love him. Praying for peace and understanding for the family during this difficult time. May God comfort as only he can.

  3. Patricia, so sorry about your father’s passing. Loved seeing him in Chicken Hut. Prayers for God’s comfort. Paula Garner Lineberry

  4. Loved visiting with him when I visited my Mother. He was always smiling and glad to spend time with us. Prayers for the family

  5. Patricia, you have the sweetest Dad. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I would see him in the Chicken Hut on occasion. I remember him also from School days. He was always so sweet and kind to me. Sending much love and prayers for the Holy Spirit to bring comfort and peace only He can. Patsy Garner Chriscoe

  6. Dear Patricia,
    What a wonderful heritage we had growing up in Highfalls and having been blessed with Godly parents. I remember fondly both your Mom and Dad. I remember going to Bible School every summer at Putnam and also visiting during special services. Your parents were part of the great anchors of that Church. They both lived their Christian faith every day. May your have great comfort in knowing they are reunited together, and with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heaven. Prior to the pandemic, my husband and I enjoyed visiting with your Dad at Peak Resources when we had services there each month. He always had that sweet smile and cheerful disposition. God bless, Jayrene

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